Reflexology is a natural therapy founded on the belief that your feet and hands are a reflection of the systems in your body - where specific areas correspond to organs, glands and structure. By applying gentle pressure to areas of the feet or hands a Reflexologist can help the body restore its own healthy balance. Evidence has been found for some form foot and hand therapy being practised in China and Egypt more than four thousand years ago.
Reflexology aims to treat the individual as a whole, creating a state of harmony in both body and mind. It has the benefit of also being a deeply relaxing therapy, and during periods of relaxation the body takes the opportunity to restore and energise itself.
Reflexology is suitable for all ages, from baby to adult, and can be especially helpful for long-term and recurring conditions. However, Reflexology does not diagnose and does not cure; as a complementary therapy it should not be considered an alternative to conventional medicine.
The Association of Reflexologists has put together interactive foot and hand charts for information purposes, to enable you to view the reflexology points and see what they correspond to. To take a look, just click on the icons.
This short video, produced by the Association of Reflexologists, explains more about what reflexology is, how it can help and what you can expect from a treatment.
Reflexology is a wonderful way of maintaining your body's healthy balance and general wellbeing, reducing the stresses and tensions that come with busy lifestyles and giving us a space to reflect on the mind as well as the body.
Reflexology can induce a deep state of relaxation, which improves the effectiveness of the treatment. Relaxing helps relieve tension and aids circulation, increasing the flow of nutrients, oxygen and energy to all parts of the body, and helping with the removal of toxins.
Reflexology is not a cure, however it can be helpful in supporting health conditions, especially constant or recurring ones that we might have come to accept over time as being a normal part of life.