What is Reflexology
What is Reflexology

More and more people are discovering the joys and benefits of foot reflexology - an ancient answer to modern ailments.

Within the feet there are reflex points which relate to every organ, gland and part of the body. By correctly stimulating these points, using specific hand and finger techniques, many health problems can be helped in a safe and natural way.

Although there is evidence that the Chinese and the Egyptians worked on the feet several thousand years ago, Reflexology as we know it today is relatively new.

Eunice Ingham, recognised as the founder of modern Reflexology, wrote her first book, 'Stories The Feet Can Tell' in 1938. Through the success of her book she began lecture tours and working with doctors and health professionals - continuing to lecture until 1970, at the age of 82.

Her nephew, Dwight Byers, carried on her work and founded the International Institute of Reflexology, which today has instructors teaching the Ingham Method of Reflexology throughout the world. He is the author of 'Better Health With Foot Reflexology', one of the most comprehensive texts available for students of Reflexology.

Reflexology is used primarily for relieving stress and tension. It also improves nerve and blood supply and helps restore the body to its natural state of equilibrium. As a result, many people find relief from lower back pain, sciatica, bursitis, insomnia, asthma, arthritis and dozens of other body ailments.

In energy terms, Reflexology restores the energy needed for the body to find its own equilibrium. Balance and order must be created before a state of health is achieved. Stimulation of the tender reflex areas triggers a subtle energy flow, which brings that remarkable return of vitality to the recipient, sometimes during the actual treatment. It is medically accepted that 75% of all illness and disease is stress-related. Relaxation is the first step towards normalisation, where blood supply can flow unimpeded and nutrients and oxygen can be supplied to the cells.

If reflexology does nothing more than assist relaxation, it must be well on the way to alleviating much sickness and suffering, since stress and disease are on-going facts of life for most of us.

Reflexology, in addition to its therapeutic uses, can serve as a preventative program. It enables each individual, on a daily basis, to help his or her body restore and maintain its natural state of balance.

In true Ingham Method of Reflexology, only the hands are used to administer the treatment - without any gadgets or mechanical devices - and a complete treatment usually takes an hour. The correct hand movements are not easily acquired. To reach a high level of proficiency, completion of a course through a recognised school of Reflexology is recommended.

Reflexologists do not advocate replacing conventional medicine. Reflexology can be given in conjunction with whatever other medical treatments the person may choose.

Care in health and sickness is becoming more and more the responsibility of the individual and Reflexology is one of the best and most effective ways of helping people to help themselves.