system of pressures applied
to the soles of the feet or
hands corresponding to different parts of the body that directs the
body’s own healing energy throughout. The aim is to restore and
maintain a balanced state of health and well-being.
part of the body is believed to be connected by energy pathways that end in the feet, hands and head. These reflexes are worked over in a
precise and systematic way, so that each reflex point, when stimulated,
will have an effect on another part of the body. By applying controlled
pressure, the body is encouraged to achieve its own natural state of
wholeness and balance.
holistic medicine, emphasis is given to the integral relationship of
body, mind and spirit including the influence of social and
environmental factors with the understanding that prolonged adverse
stress in one area will ultimately influence another.
As an holistic therapy, reflexology works with all aspects of a person’s life, encouraging positive ownership of health. It acts as reinforcement to conventional medicine, often speeding up post-operative recovery rates, boosting self-esteem and elevating the spirit.
has grown out of traditional Chinese medicine, originating in China
several thousand years ago, which included acupuncture, acupressure and
holistic massage. Modern or Western reflexology is attributed to Dr
William Fitzgerald, an American ear, nose and throat surgeon in the
early 1900s, and Eunice Ingham shortly after, whereby the feet were
‘mapped’ to represent the entire body.
By accessing and applying controlled pressures to the reflexes on the feet, corresponding body areas can be treated in a sequential routine.
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