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REFLEXOLOGY

REFLEXOLOGY - A HEALING TECHNIQUE FROM ANCIENT EGYPT?

Techniques similar to Reflexology were found in the Egyptian tomb of Ankhmahor in 2330 BC.

Similar illustrations were also found in ancient China and India. Dr William Fitzgerald in the US wrote about the zones of Reflexology in 1917 and in the 1930's Eunice Ingham developed the foot map that we use today.
Ancient Egyptian picture with people receiving Reflexology on hands and feet along various hieroglyphs

REFLEXOLOGY WITH EARTHY HEALTHY

In a typical Reflexology session, there is a short consultation lasting a few minutes to check for contraindications and then a pressure foot massage is applied on certain points on the feet along with massage techniques called opening and closing movements.

 

The session usually lasts between forty and fifty minutes.

Reflexology can also be applied to the hands if it is not convenient or appropriate for the patient, this application would be for a shorter time.

 

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Some people have Reflexology sessions once monthly or once a season depending on need or circumstance.

 

REFLEXOLOGY
More Than Just A Foot Rub!

Reflexology produces a profound relaxation, as deep as a wakeful dream.

It seems to have an effect both on the mind and body. During a treatment, the patient can take the opportunity to switch off and completely drift.

The ancient art of Reflexology adheres to the belief that points and reflexes on the feet correspond to certain parts of the body. Applying light pressure to these points and zonal pathways brings about a holistic connection that encourages a harmonic balance throughout the bodily systems. People are often pleasantly surprised when minor ailments such as muscular tension and restlessness are eased with Reflexology. Many patients report feeling relaxed and refreshed afterwards. It seems that the body begins to release healing when in a state of deep relaxation.

 

When I studied Reflexology back in 1995, we were trained in using diagnostic Reflexology techniques but although clients and their experiences vary, it is not ethical nowadays to say that the therapy detects imbalance within the body. Reflexology is not a diagnostic tool nor is it a cure for certain conditions. However, the body does respond well to Reflexology and sensitivities are often highlighted when pressure is applied to particular zonal pathways and/or reflexes.

A skilled and experienced Reflexologist can look at the health of the foot and lower leg. They can also look out for inflammation, oedema, skin health, an uneven gait, or for mobility and response problems.  A short and confidential consultation is taken for each new patient and notes are kept for further reference.

 

There are contra-indications for Reflexology and those with Thrombosis, Cellulitis or an active disease should not have Reflexology treatment. Other conditions such as those shown in the list below should also be treated with caution. If in any doubt, one should ask their doctor.

 

So yes, Reflexology is indeed a foot massage and massage techniques are often included but Reflexology offers so much more as a complementary therapy.

 

It is the mindful, consciousness of the practitioner and the time taken on each reflex of the foot that differentiates and elevates this beautiful therapy from the basic foot rub. The Reflexologist reads the response to each reflex point and adjusts pressure and technique accordingly. It commands both intuition and concentration from the Reflexology Practitioner.

CONTRA-INDICATIONS:

Cellulitis, Drug Abuse, Before Medical Tests/Procedures, Thrombosis/DVT, Contagious or Notifiable Disease

 

CAUTION:

Treatment may need to be adjusted or medical clearance for the following:    Undiagnosed Pain, AIDS/HIV, Hepatitis, Aneurism, Cancer, Diabetes, Epilepsy, Injury, Unstable Heart Condition, Medication, Menstruation, Osteoporosis, Phlebitis, Surgery, Pregnancy, Thyroid instability, Varicose Veins, Verrucae

Indian style picture of feet with symbols

"I had a beautiful treatment from Tracy,
she really has the healing touch -

I highly recommend her!"


Mrs Marie McLoughlin, Merton, London

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