Reflexology is a complementary therapy that aims to encourage a sense of well-being and relaxation. It is the technique of applying pressure to different parts of the feet to have a corresponding effect on other areas of the body.

Reflexology is based on the holistic approach to health and considers each individual client and their lifestyle as a whole. It does not take the place of conventional medical treatment.

A series of treatments may:

  1. Improve mood

  2. Aid sleep

  3. Relieve tension

  4. Help relaxation

  5. Improve sense of well-being

It has been suggested that 75 per cent of all illness is related to stress. Stress can make us more susceptible to illness by compromising our immune systems. The relaxing effect of stimulating more than 7,000 nerves in the feet during a Reflexology treatment may help to reduce stress and tension and create a sense of well-being.

Maternity Reflexology treatments can be enjoyed at the Preconception stage, during Pregnancy (second and third trimester) and through the Post Natal period.

Reflexology is believed to date back to Ancient Egypt, where illustrations depicting foot treatments were found in the tomb of an Egyptian physician called Ankmahor (around 2500 BC).

Patient: ‘Don’t hurt me’.

Practitioner: ‘I shall act so you praise me.’

Modern Reflexology was developed in the early 20th century when Dr William Fitzgerald became aware that research was being developed in Europe regarding the functioning of the Nervous System and the effects of stimulation of the sensory pathways on the rest of the body. Dr Fitzgerald experimented with pain relief and established that pressure applied to the body could have an anesthetic effect on other areas away from the pressure site. He discovered Zone Therapy in 1917.

Eunice Ingham later learned a simplified version of Zone Therapy and went on to develop foot maps based on her research into the practice of Reflexology. She developed the 'Ingham Method' in the 1930s, on which the modern form of Reflexology was subsequently based.

- The Reflexology Bible - Louise Keet -