What is reflexology?

Reflexology is an alternative medicine practice where certain areas are identified and applying pressure on those points can give you relief from pain, increase circulation, reduce tension and provide a balanced internal energy flow. The treatment is based on the premise that certain areas in the foot are linked with organs glands and system throughout the body. Reflexologists divide the entire body into two parts; the left foot represents left part of the body the right foot represents the right. Reflexologists should be able to predetermine the pressure point to gauge the source of pain which is felt.

Reflexology is the practice of applying pressure to specific points on the the feet and or hands to influence the health in parts of the body.

There are pressure sensors on the feet and the hands which connect with various parts of the body. Techniques used in reflexology stimulate sensors to allow relaxation to be sent throughout the body. It is used as a health aid and to encourage relaxation, help to reduce pain and to treat illness. All in all it is known to improve the quality of life generally.

Reflexology can be traced back many many years with artefacts found in Ancient Egypt providing evidence of work on both the hands and the feet. Artefacts show that in Ancient Egypt reflexology was considered to be a medical practice.

Ancient China approximately 5000 years ago also included reflexology as part of it’s medicine. They concluded that the work on feet and hands would provide good health and free energy throughout the body along the energy channels. They believed that manipulation of the hands and the feet would allow the flow to be well balanced.

Reflexology has become very popular in more recent times. Doctor William Fitzgerald from USA on a visit to the UK concluded that direct pressure could produce a pain relieving effect. He concluded
In many cultures the foot is considered to be a conduit to well being and spirituality. His thoughts were that the application of pressure to one of the body’s ten zones which ran from the top of the body to the tip of the toe, would lesson pain in a corresponding body area. These ten zones were divided to five each side of the body. His theory which he named ‘The Zone Therapy’ was accepted by many medics who went on to use to treat illness and disease. Some would use instead of or along side an anaesthetic during minor surgery. This was often questioned with some excluding as not achievable sense returning to the use of modern drugs.

Reflexology is very safe and works by the use of various pressure techniques to stimulate specific reflex areas on both the feet and the hands. The intension being that pressure would provide a beneficial response in other areas off the body. An area would have a corresponding body part. These pressure sensors within the feet and hands will communicate with the brain and stimulate the system via the nervous system. Anyone is able to benefit from reflexology either by itself or along side more conventional methods of healing. The benefits are that it can offer a natural drug free treatment option and can aid recovery from injury and pain. Many use reflexology as a means of prevention. It can be used to maintain good health and aid relaxation allowing most participants a feel good feeling. It can help ease stress. Stress is thought to encourage a feeling of off balance so many use this to unwind and relax diminishing the feeling of being stressed out. The saying of ‘putting ones feet up’ could easily be associated with the use of reflexology.

The glory of reflexology is that it can be used on everyone no matter their age. From babies to the very elderly. Just having feet rubbed can cause a feeling of relaxation!

It is important to find a reflexologist who has had the required and recognised training. This training is a minimum of 50 hours and would have many hours of practical experience before they could call themselves an experienced reflexologist. Many would have certificates and belong to a recognised organisation.