What is Reflexology and How can it benefit you?
What is Reflexology?
Reflexology dates back to Ancient Egygt, China and India and was introduced into the West as 'Zone Therapy' by Dr William Fitzgerald, an Ear Nose and Throat specialist in 1913. He divided the body into 10 longitudinal zones and found that reflex areas on the hands and feet were linked to other areas and organs of the body within the same zone.
Eunice Ingham developed Zone Therapy during the 1930s into what is now known today as reflexology. She found that congestion or tension in a part of the foot is mirrored in the corresponding part of the body.
Reflexology is based upon similar principles as acupuncture and acupressure whereby each part of your body is connected by energy flowing in zones within the body. By stimulating reflex points on your feet, hands and/or face helps your body to help itself.
What Conditions may Reflexology Help?
Reflexology is a "complementary" therapy or "holistic" therapy, and manages the whole person ie mind, body and soul, not just symptoms of illness or disease. It can be used to complement medical treatments or just to reduce stress and aid relaxation.
Usually the feet are worked to help manage the whole person, however the hands may also be used in certain circumstances to enhance the treatment.
Reflexology may help in the management of:
I also offer maternity reflexology for pregnant clients throughout their pregnancy to relax them and help to reduce pregnancy related ailments such as morning sickness, aches and pains etc, and to help prepare the body for birthing in the later stages.
Reflexology can also be beneficial for fertility issues or couples trying to conceive by helping to relieve stress which in turn may help to balance hormones.
TCM acupressure points and/or VRT (Vertical Reflex Therapy) may be incorporated into a reflexology session in circumstances where it will enhance the treatment, at no extra cost.
What Benefits can be Expected?
Reflexology can help to bring the whole body into balance (homeostasis).
Most of my clients have more energy and feel full of life after a session. Others find they sleep better, their digestive issues disappear or their muscular pain or joint pain has been eased.
Severe headaches have reduced in frequency and intensity over a few treatments.
Children and young adults with developmental difficulties and hyperactivity have also found reflexology and Functional Reflex Therapy treatments calming and beneficial.
Every one of us is an individual and the body responds in different ways in different people. Some find symptoms or conditions improve after just one session, others find that they require several sessions before they begin to feel the benefits. A chronic condition will have occurred over time, so it is only natural that your body will take time to help itself.
What is Vertical Reflex Therapy (VRT)?
VRT is well recognised in helping orthopaedic problems (especially back and neck pain) and sports injuries, although it can also be used for other ailments and conditions.
It is a form of reflexology where the dorsal (top) side of the feet and hands are treated whilst they are weight-bearing. VRT is very powerful and only a short session is needed (15 - 20 minutes). Working the dorsal side of the hands and feet enables clients who have limited mobility or are wheelchair bound to have a treatment session.
VRT is also very effective when used in the Corporate workplace to help relieve stress and physical ailments in a short treatment session. (15 - 20 minutes)
Mobile Treatments within 15 miles of Dial Post
First Session including consultation - £60
Subsequent Session (45 - 60 mins) - £50
Hand Reflexology (20-40 mins) - £45
Child under 12 years (Max 40 mins) - £45
Functional Reflex Therapy (Max 30 mins) - £45
Vertical Reflexology Therapy (20-30 mins) - £45
NB: When VRT is used within a full reflexology session, it is included in the price of the normal session.