Reflexology is a complementary therapy based on the theory that different reflex points on the feet correspond with different areas of the body. Reflexology is an ancient therapy which has been practised for over 2500 years.
The art of Reflexology dates back to ancient Egypt, India and China but it was in 1913 when Dr William Fitzgerald 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.
In the 1930’s Eunice Ingham further developed this zone theory into what we now know as Reflexology. She observed that congestion or tension in any part of the foot mirrored in the corresponding part of the body.
How can Reflexology help?
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.
Reflexologists do not claim to cure, diagnose or prescribe. The therapy is suitable for all ages and may bring relief from a wide range of acute or chronic conditions. Due to ASA Regulations no claims may be made to the efficacy of Reflexology. For more information you can check out the Association of Reflexologists. Once of the major benefits of reflexology is the deep state of relaxation it can induce.
In today’s modern, busy and often hectic life, it can be difficult to relax. The number of people suffering stress and anxiety is ever increasing. Health problems associated to stress such as irritable bowel syndrome, high blood pressure and fatigue are also increasing. When we experience prolonged stress our endocrine, nervous and immune systems become overwhelmed, greatly increasing once risk of disease. As well as emotional stresses, modern life provides plenty of physical stress . Long hours in-front of a PC, tablet and smartphone leads to bad posture and reduced blood flow and circulation.
Reflexology can induce a deep state of relaxation as the skilled therapist stimulates each reflex point. Deep relaxation activates the parasympathetic nervous system, this part of the nervous system often called the rest and digest system conserves energy as it slows the heart rate, increases intestinal and gland activity, and relaxes muscles in the gastrointestinal tract. This state of deep relaxation allows the body to heal and reset.
The art of reflexology
Experienced and skilled reflexologist develop great sensitivity. They develop the ability to feel the quality of each reflex point, being able to apply and sustain pressure without causing undue pain. sometimes for long periods. The ability to apply such pressure without causing pain , discomfort and such creating more tension is a skill that takes many years to cultivate. A skilled reflexologist will systematically work through each and every reflex point. Identifying the qualities of the reflex point and the corresponding area of the body. A treatment with a good reflexologist is an experience not to be missed.
Your first visit
In your first session our Enfield Reflexologist will ask a few questions to determine your present and past health status. They will then use finger pressure to the feet going over each corresponding part of the body and will ascertain if there are any blockages. The Reflexologist will then work these blockages out to help balance the body. Afterwards you may feel relaxed, energised and sometimes tearful. This is all part of the process.