Reflexology involves a method of treatment using massage to “reflex points” found in the feet and the hands.
Reflexologists believe that the feet have reflex areas corresponding to all the parts of the body and these areas are arranged in such a way as to form a map of the body in the feet with the right foot corresponding to the right side of the body and the left foot corresponding to the left.
By having the whole body represented in the feet, reflexologists believe that manipulating these areas allows not only symptoms to be treated but also the causes of symptoms.
The method has been used for several thousands of years and is known to have been practised in a similar manner by the Chinese and the Egyptians.
More recently, Reflexology was described in the form in which it is now known by the late Eunice Ingham, an American lady, who based her method of treatment on work called ‘Zone Therapy’ which had been described some years earlier in the 1920’s by an American, Dr. William Fitzgerald.
Reflexology does not claim to be a ‘cure-all’ but is known to help relaxation and to improve the mood of the client. It aids sleep, helps to relieve tension and improves a sense of well-being.