Simply put, the theory behind reflexology is that the feet have reflex points that correspond to different body organs and systems. By pressing and massaging these reflexes it is thought it helps the body to restore its balance naturally.
History Of Reflexology
Reflexology is often regarded as a modern day therapy. However, this type of treatment finds its origins in the ancient cultures of Egypt, China and India where foot and hand rubbing was used for health and wellbeing.
It was an English neurologist who discovered that certain areas of the skin reflected the condition of an internal organ. A senior ear, nose and throat surgeon called William Fitzgerald carried out various experiments with his patients and discovered that by applying pressure to certain parts of the body resulted in corresponding areas of the body being anesthetised, often removing the pain. He developed ‘Zone Therapy’ which is the foundation of what we now call reflexology.
Over the years medical research continued into Zone Therapy and it was a physiotherapist by the name of Eunice Ingham who took Fitzgerald’s theory of zone therapy one step further and mapped the body onto the feet to create corresponding reflexes. To find out more Click Here
What Can I Expect From My First Session?
You will be asked for details relating to your health, medical history, diet and lifestyle. Treatment is usually given on a massage couch and you can either choose to sit up or lie down. You will remain fully clothed except for your shoes and socks. Your feet will be assessed and checked for any conditions that might hinder treatment. Sessions last 60 minutes but the first session will last longer as this includes the consultation. It is entirely up to you whether you talk or rest during the session.
Adapting Reflexology for Hospice and Cancer Care
Sarah has undergone training at The Christie Cancer Hospital to learn how to adapt reflexology treatments for patients who are receiving cancer care. Treatments are often shorter and tecnhniques are modified so that the patient is as comfortable as possible with the aim of achieving deep relaxation. These techniques may help cancer-related symptoms such as anxiety.
This is a unique method using a weight-bearing technique which is applied to the dorsal aspect of the feet. It has been developed over a period of 20 years by Lynne Booth. The success of VRT resulted in an award from the Institute of Complementary and Natural Therapy for outstanding contribution to complementary medicine.
This is an holistic approach and helps to prepare the body and mind for conception. It will include looking at lifestyle and diet and any changes that might need to be considered.
Hot Stone Reflexology
Hot stones have been used in many cultures for thousands of years and it is only relatively recently that this type of therapy has become popular in the Western culture. The use of hot stones helps to ease tension, improves circulation and stimulates the nervous system. The treatment is deeply relaxing.
Will Reflexology Help Me?
Reflexology is a safe therapy and the aim is to help your body to restore balance naturally.
Most people feel a deep sense of relaxation and following treatment you might find it helps to improve your mood, aid sleep, help relieve tension and improve your sense of wellbeing.
My experience with Sarah was very relaxing, the room was calm and attention was paid to my comfort. She was confident in her manner and was extremely professional. I have experienced reflexology before but Sarah does have a lovely touch and I personally feel this is important. I would be very happy to recommend her care and I don’t think you would be disappointed.