WHAT IS CLINICAL REFLEXOLOGY?

Reflexology is a complementary therapy used to stimulate predefined pressure points on the ears, hands or feet to promote physical and emotional well being. 

Reflexology is a therapy that can be received by all ages.  Prior to your first reflexology session, I will give you a brief telephone call to discuss your treatment needs.

Clinical reflexology is a popular complementary therapy and is supported by the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) in the United Kingdom.  Reflexology should not be considered as a medical treatment or procedure and cannot be used to diagnose an illness or disease.  Research is still ongoing to confirm if reflexology is an effective treatment method. 

 

I first started going for regular reflexology treatments to help me relax and manage my stress levels. 

I would recommend for anyone that is thinking of giving reflexology a try to keep an open mind and just lie back and enjoy the session as a time-out from the daily stresses of life! 

A BRIEF HISTORY OF REFLEXOLOGY

Reflexology or techniques similar to reflexology have been in practice and date back to over 2000 years B.C in China, India and from hieroglyphs seen in Egypt. 

 

Reflexology was introduced to Western society by Dr. William H Fitzgerald, MD (1872 - 1942) who wrote a book in 1917 called, Zone Therapy, divided the body into 10 zones and suggested that the use of pressure points was a form of pain relief.  

Dr. Joe Shelby Riley (1856 -1947), trained by Dr. Fitzgerald further developed zone therapy by adding eight horizontal divisions to the zones of the feet and hands. His work is accurately the beginning of reflexology as it is known today—that is, reflexes found on the feet and hands that follow the anatomy of the body. 

During the 1930s, Eunice D. Ingham (1889-1972) who worked for Dr. Riley in St. Petersburg, Florida, continued to refine and improve his work. From her first book, Stories the Feet Can Tell (1938) she was encouraged by Riley and many others to take her work to the public and non-medical community.  Her nephew, Dwight Byers later formed the International Institute of Reflexology in the 1980s to train and help people with this complementary therapy from all over the world. 

WHAT TO EXPECT AT YOUR FIRST TREATMENT?

We will take a full medical and lifestyle history prior to your first reflexology session.  You will be asked to sign a consent form to confirm that you agree to receiving a reflexology treatment.  For individuals who are under 18 years old, reflexology treatments can only commence once consent has been provided by your parent or legal guardian. All personal information will be kept confidential.  You will be provided with a copy of the Something's Afoot Reflexology Privacy Policy for your information.

 

Depending on whether you wish to have a hand or foot reflexology treatment, you will be asked to remove your shoes and socks/cardigan for the duration of the treatment. 

 

You will be seated in a 0 gravity chair and reclined so that you are in a relaxed position.

  • Foot reflexology - Pressure will be applied to the feet and ankles.

  • Hand reflexology - Pressure will be applied to the hands and lower arms

  • Lymphatic drainage reflexology - Pressure will be applied to the calves, ankles and feet.  

Generally, the experience should be extremely relaxing - if you feel any mild discomfort during the treatment the pressure applied can be adjusted to suit your preferences.

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