The ancient healing art of reflexology has been known to man for many thousands of years. Reflexology was first practiced by the early Indian, Chinese and Egyptian peoples. In 1913 Dr. William Fitzgerald, an American ear, nose and throat surgeon, introduced this therapy to the West. He noted that pressure on specific parts of the body could have an anaesthetizing effect on a related area. Developing this theory, he divided the body into ten equal and vertical zones, running from the top of the head and ending in the fingers and toes. He concluded that pressure on one part of a zone could affect everything else within that zone. Thus, reflex areas on the feet and hands are linked to other areas and organs of the body within the same zone. In the 1930's, Eunice Ingham, a therapist, further developed and refined the zone therapy into what is now known as foot reflexology. She observed that congestion or tension in any part of the foot mirrors congestion or tension in a corresponding part of the body. Thus, when you treat the big toes there is a related effect in the head, and treating the whole foot can have a relaxing and healing effect on the whole body.
Might I benefit from Reflexology?
Since reflexology treats the whole person, not the symptoms of disease, most people benefit from treatment. The therapy brings relief to a wide range of acute and chronic conditions, and is suitable for all ages. Once your body is in-tune, it is wise to have regular treatments in order to help maintain health and well-being. An increasing number of people are using this safe, natural therapy as a way of relaxing, balancing and harmonizing the body.
The body has the ability to heal itself. Following illness, stress, injury or disease, it is in a state of "imbalance", and vital energy pathways are blocked, preventing the body from functioning effectively. Reflexology can be used to restore and maintain the body's natural equilibrium and encourage healing.
What happens during a treatment?
Hands are used to apply gentle pressure to the reflexes of the foot. For each person the application and the effect of the therapy is unique. Imbalances may be identified in the feet, and by working on these points blockages may be released and restore the free flow of energy to the whole body. Tensions are eased, and circulation and elimination is improved. This gentle therapy encourages the body to heal itself at its own pace.
Why might I choose a treatment or reflexology?
Reflexology treatments are relaxing and gentle and amongst many others, may ease the following complaints:
- Stress related symptoms
- Menstrual problems
- Migraines and headaches
- Sinus problems
- Some skin conditions
- Constipation and digestive problems
- Restore balance to the body following illness
- Revitalises energy
- Improve fertility
- Eradicate toxins in the body
Vertical Reflex Therapy (VRT)
Vertical Reflex Therapy (VRT), created by Lyn Booth, is a highly effective reflexology technique that focuses on working the weight-bearing dorsal reflexes (top) of the foot rather than the familiar plantar or sole where the main reflexes are conventionally situated.
On first inspection this technique appears to negate the basic tenets of reflexology, as the main collection of plantar reflexes is no longer accessible to the therapist when the client is standing. However, research indicates not only that all reflexes can be accessed through the dorsum but that the body is more responsive to a healing and energetic stimulation when treated briefly in a standing position. It has been suggested that VRT can reach deeper, possibly new, reflexes, allowing homeostasis or balance to be achieved in a shorter time.
The first VRT treatments were directed towards orthopaedic problems only, and these conditions usually have the quickest response to VRT. But, within months of using this technique, it became evident that all conditions could benefit and other techniques were developed which include synergistic reflexology (SR), where the hand and foot are worked simultaneously to increase the stimulation of the reflexes. Further developments include working three reflexes at once in various combinations on the feet and hands. These techniques, incorporating the new zonal trigger reflexes situated on the ankles, are particularly relevant for longstanding and intransigent problems.
Vertical Reflex Therapy can be used alongside or in place of a reflexology treatment. Treatments are best suited to the corporate environment as they are invigorating and powerful and have a highly positive effect upon the emotions and energy levels.
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