Reflexology is a complementary therapy based on the theory that different points on the feet, lower leg, hands, face or ears correspond with different areas of the body. Reflexologists work holistically with their clients and aim to work alongside mainstream healthcare to promote better health and wellbeing. Reflexology is often used in a preventative way in the same way as a balanced diet and regular exercise.
How will I benefit from Reflexology?
After a reflexology treatment you may feel very relaxed; you may sleep better, your mood may improve and your general feeling of wellbeing may increase. You may find that other things improve too, but this happens on a very individual basis. Therefore the only sure way to know if you will benefit from Reflexology is to try it.
Reflexology generally induces relaxation and may also be beneficial for:
- Relieving pain
- Reducing stress and tension
- Improving circulation
- Balancing the whole system (homeostasis)
- Revitalising energy
Specific conditions with reported benefits include: PMS, Menopause, sciatica, sinusitis, digestive disorders, sleep disorders and anxiety.
Reflexology Foot and Hand Charts
To find out more about the reflex areas on the feet and hands, then please click the Interactive Reflexology Foot Chart and Interactive Reflexology Hand Chart. To watch members of the public talk about how reflexology has helped them please visit the AOR YouTube channel.
Limitations of Reflexology
Reflexology is generally safe for most people as the pressure and duration of the treatment is tailored to meet individual client needs. It does have its limitations and clients with the following will NOT be treated:- Aneurysm, Contagious diseases, Gangrene, Phlebitis, Thrombosis, awaiting medical results/procedure or suffering from a fever. If you are unsure or have any concerns, please consult your GP.
History of Reflexology
There is some evidence that an early form of Reflexology was practiced over 6,000 years ago. It was introduced to the Western World over 100 years ago by Eunice Ingham. For more information about the history of Reflexology – please click here.
“If you’re feeling out of kilter, don’t know why or what about, let your feet reveal the answer, find the sore spot, work it out.”—