What is Reflexology?
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Reflexology is the ancient art dating back to 2500BC of restoring homeostasis within the body by skillful use of pressure techniques on the feet and hands.  It was in the late 19th century that the pioneering work by Dr. William Fitzgerald and Dr. Edwin Bowers, both Americans, came up with the theory that the body can be divided into 10 longitudinal zones, which linked the body’s organs and systems. In the 1970’s Eunice Ingham, known as the ‘mother of reflexology’, developed the therapy, as we know it today.  It was Doreen Bayley who had trained with Eunice, who brought it to the shores of the UK.
Reflexology does not diagnose disease, nor is it a cure for specific medical conditions.  If you feel you have an undiagnosed condition, please seek medical attention and consent, if necessary, of your GP before undertaking reflexology.  Also if you believe you may be in the first stages of pregnancy, it is advisable not undertake reflexology; though as your pregnancy progresses this would be fine.  There are also other occasions a reflexologist would be cautious of carrying out treatments, which include if you have a foot infection, or suffering from problems with your veins.  Please discuss any matters with the reflexologist before you book an appointment, who will guide you appropriately.
A major cause of dis-ease within the body is stress.  The benefits of reflexology are that:

It induces a deep state of relaxation

Allows the body to begin to heal itself

 Encourages good circulation of blood and other body fluids

 Stimulates the body to clear itself of toxins

Therefore relieving the stress and restoring a sense of well being.  Combined with a good healthy diet and lifestyle compliments any reflexology treatments.

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