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Welcome

 

Welcome to the start of your journey that prioritises you.

By providing yourself time and space to promote a balanced mind and body, your body will begin to stimulate its own self-healing. 

 

To prioritise ourselves is essential for our well-being; it ensures we have the time and capacity to nurture and aid restoration of both ourselves and those around us all whilst managing the ever busy, world we inhabit.

An Introduction to reflexology

 

Reflexology is a complementary therapy where massage is used to apply pressure to specific areas within the hands, face and feet to help heal the whole person, not just the prevailing symptoms.

The treatment dates back thousands of years with origins in Ancient Egypt, China & Greece where pictograph evidence has been found in the tomb of an Egyptian physician at Saqqara, near Cairo, which dates back to 2300BCE

 

egyptian hieroglyphics

Up until 200BCE reflexology was a treatment of the ancient health spa of Delphi in Greece.  It is thought that the documentation and history of reflexology were lost in the burning of the Great Library in Alexandria, Egypt, resulting in the loss of historical records, literature and learning forever.

Alexandria Library

 

Reflexology is mentioned through the Middle Ages in Europe; the practice  believed to have been handed down orally suggests links between applying pressure to areas of skin effecting the body and providing healing.  The start of reflexology as we know  it today was initially developed by Dr W. Fitzgerald (1872-1942) who was an Ear Nose & Throat Surgeon.  He discovered that exerting pressure on the tips of the toes or fingers caused corresponding parts of the body be be anaesthetised.  He went on to divide the body into zones and applied pressure to specific areas enabling minor surgery to be carried out without the need for further anaesthetics

 

The development of modern reflexology was carried out by Ms E. Ingham (1889 - 1974).  Ms Ingham was a physiotherapist working in a doctor's surgery and using Dr Fitzgerald's zone therapy, she felt it would be more beneficial to concentrate on the feet.  Ms Ingham proceeded to develop, through extensive research, the foot charts we use today.  

 

 

Reflexology does not claim to cure but has helped in many areas of health and well-being.  Most people who have experienced treatment also feel it promotes a 'state of relaxedness' which aids their health and well-being generally.  More recent research evidence shows it can lower your Heart Rate, Blood Pressure and Respiratory Rate.

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