What is Reflexology?
Reflexology is a holistic therapy involving massage to the hands and feet. It works on the principle that there are 10 lines or zones of energy running through the body beginning and ending in the toes of the feet and fingers of the hands. As these energy lines pass through the body organ, tissues and systems they can be affected by application of pressure to mapped out areas represented on the hands and feet. Through reflexology massage any blockages of energy caused by injury, illness or disease can be dissolved, and the body’s natural homeostasis resumed.
What is the history of Reflexology?
The earliest evidence of Reflexology in the ancient world can be found in the tomb of Egyptian physician Ankmahor dated 2500 BC. The picture inscribed on the tomb shows physicians working on the hands and feet with the inscription ”Do not let it be painful”. There is much more evidence of Reflexology having been used all over the ancient world including China, Japan and India. In more modern times an American ENT physician William Fitzgerald, 1872 -1942 developed a pressure massage technique similar to reflexology called zone therapy based on 10 zones or lines of energy that he found running through the body beginning and ending in the fingers and toes of the hands and feet. He noticed that his patients suffered less pain and were more relaxed when pressure was applied to the hands or feet during operations. Other doctors such as Jo Shelby-Riley and Eunice Ingham took the work of William Fitzgerald further and created the first maps of the body based on the 10 zones of energy formerly identified by Fitzgerald. Today Reflexology is practiced in all countries of the world and more recently has been practiced in the NHS due to scientific research that has clinically proven the powerful healing effect it can have within many of the body systems.
What does a reflexology treatment involve at The Therapy Room?
On your first visit to a reflexologist you will be asked a few questions on your general health and will have the opportunity to discuss fully any health concerns that you have. To receive your treatment you may either sit in a reclining chair or lye down on a massage couch according to whichever you feel more comfortable with. After removing your socks and shoes powder will be applied to your feet to allow ease of massage. Your feet will be massaged individually for about 30 minutes each. The treatment should be relaxing and not painful. The therapist will be able to feel any imbalances in your feet and will be able to discuss which area of the body these correspond to. After the treatment is complete you will be offered a drink and will have the opportunity to ask any questions you may have. Further treatments can be discussed and booked at your convenience.
How many treatments will I need?
It is variable depending on the nature of the symptoms you are presenting with. Problems which are chronic or recurrent or involving many of the bodies systems can require more treatments than acute, one off problems. Reflexology is a holistic therapy and therefore works on the principle of working on the cause of the symptoms rather than just trying to relieve the acute symptoms. Problems that have been going on for some time usually have a more deep rooted cause and therefore require more treatments in order for full healing to occur.
Do you need a doctor’s referral to receive reflexology treatment at The Therapy Room?
To receive reflexology treatment on the NHS you will need to be referred by your GP or hospital consultant. To attend a private reflexologist you do not need a referral as you can just ring up and make an appointment.
How do I find a qualified reflexologist?
The letters MAR after someone’s name indicates that they are a member of the Association of Reflexology. This shows that the therapist has undergone an approved examination and training process in reflexology and is maintaining a high level of practice and standards as outlined by the association.