The Gaia Centre for Holistic Therapy,
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The ancient healing art of Reflexology has been known to man for many thousands of years. It was thought to have been first practised in the early Chinese, Indian and Egyptian nations.
In 1913, American ear, nose and throat surgeon William Fitzgerald introduced Reflex Zone Therapy to the West. He noted that pressure on specific parts of the body could have an anaesthetising affect on another related area.
Developing this theory, he divided the body into ten equal vertical zones, ending in fingers and toes. He concluded that pressure on one part of a zone could affect every thing else within that zone. Thus reflex areas on the feet are linked to other areas and organs of the body within the same zone.
In the 1930’s, Eunice Ingham, further developed and refined zone theory into what is now known as foot Reflexology. She observed that tension or congestion in any part of the foot mirrored tension in a corresponding part of the body.
The Art of Reflexology
Reflexology is much more than a relaxing foot massage. Reflexology works on the principle that parts of your feet correspond to different parts of your body. By applying specific pressure massage to reflexes on your feet, it is possible to relax and harmonise your whole body. This can have a beneficial effect on both your mental and physical well being. This gentle therapy restores balance to your energy levels and can help with a range of symptoms.
We all have the ability to heal our self to a certain degree, and through Reflexology your body is encouraged to do this. However, following illness, stress, injury, or disease your body may become unbalanced, and vital energy pathways become blocked, thus preventing your body from functioning effectively.
A Reflexologist will use their hands to apply gentle pressure to your feet where they may detect tiny crystallised deposits and imbalances in your feet. By working on these points the Reflexologist will help to release any blockages and restore the free flow of energy to your whole body so tensions can be eased, circulation and elimination improved, and your body’s natural equilibrium maintained, encouraging self healing.
Reflexology has the ability to alleviate pain and discomfort from ailments such as migraines, back aches, sinus congestion, arthritis, monthly periods, constipation, and cold and flu symptoms.
What the Treatment Involves
The treatment is non-
During the treatment you may feel slight discomfort where the practitioner may have identified any blockages within your feet. On the whole, most people usually feel deeply relaxed after having Reflexology, however, it is not unusual to feel tired or lethargic or even emotional after the treatment. You may get a runny nose and may need to visit the toilet more often. These are all healthy signs that the body is positively reacting to the Reflexology treatment.
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