A nuturing and healing therapy
Reflexology is a gentle, non-intrusive, complementary therapy that aims to help the body balance itself, so as to encourage self-healing.
It involves the massage of specific reflex points usually on the feet and hands, that are mapped to corresponding areas or organs of the body.
Reflexologists work these points to encourage a positive energetic effect on areas of the body.
The field of reflexology is continually developing and progressing into a respected and effective complementary therapy for holistic care.
A brief history of reflexology
References to healing through working the hands and feet is evident in the history of many civilizations, including Ancient Egypt, Japan, China, Greece, India and Europe. It seems that we humans have always understood the healing potential of touch.
The Association of Reflexology states that "reflexology as a systematic body of knowledge was not introduced, in the western hemisphere, until Dr William Fitzgerald developed 'Zone therapy' . He believed that reflex areas on the feet and hands were linked to other areas and organs of the body within the same zone. In the 1930's, Eunice Ingham further developed zone theory into what is now known as reflexology. Her opinion was that congestion or tension in any part of the foot is mirrored in the corresponding part of the body. " Since that time, the research, practice and writings of many notable doctors and teachers has established reflexology as a recognised complementary therapy.
The Association of Reflexologists is the foremost professional association for reflexology in the UK, providing advice and guidance to members and working with advisory bodies to promote the highest standards in the profession, including the Complementary and National Healthcare Council (CNHC).