Reflexology - a little history
Reflexology originated more than 5000 years ago and is understood to have first been practised in Egypt, India and China. It was introduced to the western world over 100 years ago by an American surgeon, Dr William Fitzgerald, and further refined by American physiotherapist Eunice Ingham who was the founder of modern day reflexology. In 1966 one of her pupils, Doreen Bayly, introduced reflexology to the UK and started a training school.
What is reflexology?
Reflexology is a non-intrusive, holistic, complementary therapy based on the theory that different points on the feet correspond with different areas of the body. It involves using the thumb and fingers to apply pressure to the feet that relate to organs, glands and systems of the body. These points are known as reflex points - stimulating a point on the foot brings about a response in the corresponding area in the body.
How does it help to relieve stress?
Reflexology is extremely effective in relieving stress by working with the body to restore natural equilibrium and calming the sympathetic nervous system. As muscle tensions are released, and the nerve supply freed from constriction, the body slips into a state of deep relaxation. Stress can cause imbalance in many areas of the body and the mind; the holistic approach treats the whole body and all the areas affected will benefit from reflexology.