This week (23 - 29th Sept) it's World Reflexology week - if you've never tried this fabulous and highly effective treatment now's the time to do so...
Reflexology is based on the principle that the feet are a map of the entire body, so that when the reflex points are stimulated, the therapist is treating the whole body not just the foot. Reflexology has many benefits; it can help reduce stress, improve circulation, cleanse the body of toxins and revitalise energy levels. It works by stimulating the body's own healing mechanisms in order to restore balance and a feeling of well being.
Here's a little bit of info about this amazing treatment that is so much more than just a foot massage..
Some form of specialised foot massage can be dated back 2500 years. Egyptian hieroglyphics and papyrus show hand and foot treatments being given. The Chinese have used pressure point techniques for even longer and Cherokee Indians passed down techniques for healing by treating the feet. Ancient texts, illustrations and artefacts tell us that the early civilisations worked on the feet to promote good health.
Modern Reflexology dates from the 1920’s when Dr William Fitzgerald, an ear nose & throat specialist in America developed zone therapy. He discovered that applying pressure to certain parts of the body, especially the hands and feet, could give pain relief. Eunice Ingham, a student of Fitzgerald, and a physiotherapist, developed a foot map pinpointing organs & systems of the body. This is the basis of reflexology as we know it today.
Reflexology is a balancing treatment. Stimulation of the reflex points aims to bring the body back to a state of balance. Areas of low energy are stimulated while areas which are overworking will be soothed. The body’s own healing mechanism is restored thus promoting self healing.
Benefits of Reflexology are far reaching:
It balances the energy in the body
Circulation is increased
The immune system gets a boost
Pain can be eased
Tension is released
Stress symptoms disappear – Reflexology restores the body to state of ‘rest and repose’
Sleep patterns improve
Endorphins are released, creating a feeling of well being
The treatment is deeply relaxing, relieving mental and physical fatigue. In this deeply relaxed state, the body starts its own healing process and a sense of well being is restored.
You can learn this treatment at these venues,
If you've got questions or if dates for your venue are not up, please contact us