Reflexology originates from ancient civilizations. The earliest evidence comes from the tomb of a physician in Egypt, 2500 BC. Today's reflexology developed from the early 1900's when Dr William Fitzgerald discovered that pressure applied to certain parts of the body had a numbing effect on another part of the body. This work - zone therapy - was continued and refined by Eunice Ingham in the 1930's - known today as the mother of modern reflexology.
How does it work?
A Reflexologist works on the principle that there are reflex areas in the feet and hands which correspond to all organs, structures and systems of the body. Imbalances in the body may be represented in the corresponding reflex by tenderness or a change in the tissue density. Reflexes are stimulated or calmed by applying alternating pressure of the thumbs and fingers - just click here to see an example of how the reflexes are positioned on the feet. Some Reflexologists also include work on points found in the face and ears.
Increased relaxation and improved circulation help to revitalise energy levels. It also aids the restoration and maintenance of the body’s natural equilibrium, the state in which the body's own natural healing abilities are most effective, optimising healing and encouraging natural feelings of wellbeing.
Reflexology works on an individual basis. It is holistic in approach and life style factors contribute to developing a treatment plan designed just for you.
How can it help?
Reflexology is suitable for all ages and can benefit everyone. Advertising restrictions preclude claims regarding the effectiveness of Reflexology with specific conditions. Unfortunately, as Reflexology does not have the financial backing of, for example, drugs companies, medical trials are few. However, some medical trials have been completed and you may want to have a look for yourself. The links below will take you to details of the relevant trial.
Low Back Pain
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
For individualised Reflexology treatments in Bridgwater, Williton, Watchet and Quantock villages, contact me on 07971755447 or 01278 734561