Whilst the art of reflexology dates back to Ancient Egypt, India and China, it wasn't until 1913 that Dr. William Fitzgerald, Ear Nose & Throat Specialist, introduced this therapy to the West as 'zone therapy'. He noted that reflex areas on the feet and hands were linked to other areas and organs of the body within the same zone.
Reflexology is complementary therapy, which works on the feet to aid healing to the whole person not just the prevailing symptoms.
How can Reflexology help me?
Reflexology can be used to help restore and maintain the body's natural equilibrium. This gentle therapy encourages the body to work naturally to restore its own healthy balance.
There are indications that reflexology may aid:
- Stress-related conditions
- Back Pain
- Sleep disorders
- Reflexologists do not claim to cure, diagnose or prescribe.
Many people use reflexology as a way of relaxing the mind and body and counteracting stress. Some doctors, consultants and other health care professionals recognise reflexology as a well established, respected and effective therapy. Reflexology is an excellent all-round therapy for people of all ages. It is covered by VHI, Vivas and Quinn Health Care.
With every increasing levels of stress, it is important people take more responsibility for their own health care needs. Reflexology helps us to cope on a physical, mental and emotional level there by encouraging us to heal and maintain health in all areas of our lives. Reflexology should not be used as an alternative to seeking medical advice
Who can benefit from reflexology?
Reflexology is suitable for all ages and may bring relief from a wide range of acute and chronic conditions. Studies have confirmed it's efficacy when used during pregnancy and with all stages of more serious conditions e.g. cancer. After having completed a course of reflexology treatments for a specific condition, many people find it beneficial to continue with regular treatments in order to maintain health and well-being.
What happens when I go for a treatment?
On the first visit, the reflexology practitioner will have a preliminary talk with you to determine your present and past health and lifestyle.
The reflexologist will then use their hands to apply pressure to the feet. The application and the effect of the therapy are unique to each person.
A professionally trained reflexologist can detect subtle changes in specific points on the feet, and by working on these points may affect the corresponding organ or system of the body.
A treatment session usually lasts for about one hour. A course of treatment may be recommended depending on your body's needs.
How will I feel after a reflexology treatment?
After one or two treatments your body may respond in a very definite way. Most people note a sense of well-being and relaxation; sometimes people report feeling lethargic, nauseous or tearful, but this is transitory and is part of the healing process.
This is vital information to feed back to the reflexologist as it shows how your body is responding to treatment. This will help the reflexologist to tailor a treatment plan specific to your needs.
See below for a list of common ailments that reflexology has proved beneficial for.
- Back Pain
- Digestive system
- Neurological Problems
- Reproductive System
- Skin Problems
- Stress & Anxiety
- Urinary System