Reflexology is an ancient holistic therapy based on the principle that all of the organs and systems of the body are mirrored through a network of zones and reflex areas on the feet. Energetically, all of these zones and reflexes are connected through a number of meridians. In health, energy is seen to be flowing smoothly and there is equilibrium within the body. In times of stress or illness, blockages can occur affecting one’s sense of health and wellbeing. Reflexology treats these blockages through the application of pressure around specific points in the feet that map into key areas around the body.
Origins of Reflexology
Reflexology has been practised for thousands of years and is known to have originated from ancient Egypt, India and China. The concept of reflexology began to emerge in the West in the 19th century when Dr. William Fitzgerald, a highly regarded ear, nose and throat specialist discovered that pressure, when applied to certain points on the body could numb and relieve pain and improve the functioning of certain organs. His research led him to formulate “zone therapy” whereby the body was divided into 10 longitudinal energetic zones; five on each side of the body. Dr. Fitzgerald’s findings and research were soon built on and in the 1930’s modern reflexology was pioneered by physiotherapist Eunice Ingham, a woman referred to as the “mother” of reflexology. She is credited with further developing "zone therapy" and establishing a system of reflex areas in the soles of the feet that correspond to other areas of the body.
“I started coming to the Heathlands Clinic for reflexology in august as a way of de-stressing from a very demanding and hectic life style. I can honestly say that it is the one day of the week that I look forward to the most for some one on one time, peace, quiet and pampering. As soon as my treatment begins I literally feel my tension and stress ease away. My whole body starts to relax even though it is only my feet being worked on. I have certainly noticed the benefits and will continue to treat myself to this wonderful therapy.”
Rose, Nurse - London