Discover how your feet act as a diagnostic tool to reveal dysfunction within the body.
Reflexology is based on the concept that the entire body is reflected in the feet. Originally used as a diagnostic tool to identify areas of dysfunction, it dates back to the ancient Egyptians and Romans. Last century it was revived by American Dr William Fitzgerald, a practising ear, nose and throat specialist. He noticed that parts of the body could be anaesthetised by pressing certain points at other locations in the body. Dividing the body into ten vertical zones, he published his idea as a system of zone therapy.
This idea was further developed and refined to focus treatment on the feet. Some schools also teach hand reflexology.
Reflexology is viewed as an effective but non-invasive method to stimulate our natural healing process, balance our body’s systems and raise energy levels. Although it has not been possible to successfully explain why it should work, there is proof that it does. Studies at a hospital in Manchester, England demonstrate the benefits of reflexology in stress-related ailments. Results revealed pain reduction and improved function of the internal organs.
An initial consultation with a reflexologist will incorporate a detailed case history being taken followed by treatment. A treatment can be surprisingly relaxing, grounding all your thoughts, apprehensions and energy at the end of a day.