What happens during a reflexology treatment?
The first reflexology treatment starts with a full consultation including your medical history, health, lifestyle. This will establish your treatment needs and the reflexology session will be tailored to you.
The consultation will then be followed by a warm up foot massage and then the reflexology treatment where specific reflexes are worked on. During the whole treatment it is just your feet that are worked on so you remain fully clothed, you just need to remove your shoes and socks. The session will end with a relaxing massage.
How will I feel after a reflexology treatment?
Most people feel relaxed and have a sense of well-being after a reflexology treatment.
There are no side effects but sometimes after a reflexology treatment there is a loosening of the body/mind processes which can sometimes mean you may feel tired, experience increased bowel movements or have a slight headache. These symptoms are usually short-lived and indicate that your body is working to heal itself.
It is advisable to drink plenty of water after a reflexology treatment to help flush out all the toxins from the body. It is also advisable to try not to do anything too strenuous for the rest of the day to ensure the effects of the treatment are established.
What is the history of reflexology?
Reflexology is an ancient therapy indicating that the benefits of working on the feet to encourage good health have been around for a long time. There is evidence that reflexology was used by the Egyptians in 2330BC. This is shown on a wall carving on an Egyptian Tomb of the physician to the king. It was also practiced in China and India. It wasn’t until 1913 that Dr. William Fitzgerald introduced it as ‘zone therapy’ to the West. In 1930 Eunice Ingham developed it further and it became known as ‘Reflexology’ as it is today.