The theory behind reflexology is that there are “reflex points” in the hands and feet, that relate to specific organs and glands in the body. Stimulating those reflex points promotes health in the corresponding organ via the body’s energetic pathways. The pressure stimulates the related body regions or organs to promote healing. At Body Matters the treatment is mainly used to stimulate circulation, reduce stress, and promote relaxation. Numerous different disorders have been successfully treated by this method. These include such things as migraine, sinus problems, hormonal imbalances, breathing disorders, digestive problems, circulatory problems, back problems and tension and stress. Most people who have experienced treatment would agree that the method can be most beneficial and is also a very valuable form of relaxation.
The History of Reflexology
The origins of Reflexology evidently reach back to ancient Egypt as evidenced by inscriptions found in the physician’s tomb at Saqqara in Egypt. We cannot determine the exact relationship between the ancient art as practiced by the early Egyptians and Reflexology as we know it today. Different forms of working the feet to effect health have been used all over the ancient world but it is thought that this form of healing spread from Egypt via the Roman Empire.
Modern Reflexology or ‘zone therapy’ first appeared in the west in the early 20th century. Dr William Fitzgerald from the USA developed the theory of zones throughout the body, and his work was further developed by Eunice Ingham (1889 -1974) USA “The Mother of Modern Reflexology”.
Regular Treatments can have long term benefits. Our clients comment that being able to zone out for 45 minutes enjoying a relaxing massage has a positive psychological impact on their wellbeing, while pregnant women find that reflexology relieves the pressure on their legs and feet.