45 minutes £27
Reflexology is a popular and relaxing holistic treatment based on the principle that reflex points on the soles, tops and sides of the feet are connected to corresponding areas throughout the body. In this was the feet can be seen as a "map" of the body
Reflexologists work on the reflex points with their thumbs and fingers using specialised techniques, said to help correct imbalances throughout the body, and help to release blocked energy.
The Chinese are said to have used an early form of reflexology more than 5000 years ago in their use of pressure therapies. Egyptians tomb artwork also shows foot massage, indicating that working on the feet is an ancient practice, used in many cultures.
Modern reflexology was developed was developed by Eunice D. Ingham in the 1930s and is now a popular complementary therapy.
Each foot is divided into five zones along the length of the feet. These sections are said to correspond to different areas of the body.
Can everyone enjoy reflexology ?
What happens during a treatment?
As its just the feet that are worked on, you remain fully clothed:simply removing your shoes and socks.
You'll be invited to relax on a reclining chair or treatment couch, or to put your feet up on a footstool. Your feet will be cleansed at the start of the treatment and then a variety of reflexology techniques will be used, adapted to suit your individual needs
Reflexology can also be carried out on hands and ears as well as feet. The zones running through the feet also have corresponding zones in the hands and ears too.
Reflexology and pregnancy
Reflexology can provide pregnant women with some valuable "me" time, as well as reduce the stresses and anxieties that may be experienced during this momentous life event. However, for safety reasons, many reflexologists will not treat woman who:
- are in their first trimester
- have a history of miscarriage
- have complications linked to pregnancy
Reflex areas relating to the heart may be found around the ball of the foot on both feet, but in different zones on the left and right foot.
Benefits of reflexology
- Reduced stress
- Feelings of deep relaxation
- Increased energy levels
- The release of endorphins, the body's feel good hormones (which can also provide pain relief)
- Improved circulation
- More efficient removal of impurities and toxins
- A stronger immune system
- A sense that the whole body is better balanced, or in harmony
After your treatment
To gain maximum benefit from your reflexology treatment, try to rest afterwards - this helps your body's natural healing process
Drink plenty of water - this helps flush away toxins
If you have any queries don't hesitate to ask your therapist for advice.
The toes are said to correspond to the head and neck. Each toe contains several reflex points including one for the brain and another for the sinuses.