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About Reflexology

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History

Reflexology is a healing art of ancient origin.
Five thousand years ago the Chinese were known to have practiced a form of pressure therapy and Egyptian tomb drawings around 2500 B.C. depict men having their hands and feet massaged with the inscription below, reading “Don’t hurt me” and the response being “I shall act so you praise me!”
Modern reflexology begins in the early 1900s with an American, Dr William H. Fitzgerald’s, ‘zone therapy.’ His theories were developed in the 1930s by a physiotherapist called Eunice Ingham in to reflexology.     

A British nurse called Doreen Bayly studied with Eunice Ingham prior to returning to England in the early 1960s.   She became the main pioneer of reflexology in the UK and her teachings continue today through the Bayly School of Reflexology.

What is Reflexology
Reflexology is a form of natural, holistic therapy dealing with the principle that there are reflex areas
in the feet and hands, which relate to all the organs, systems and structures in the body. 
A reflex is when stimulation at one point brings about a reaction in another point or area. 
In reflexology, by using the thumb and fingers to apply pressure and stimulate the points on the feet and hands, imbalances in the tissues, organs and systems of the body may be both detected and effectively treated to restore balance and well-being.  Every part of the foot corresponds to a part of the body, with reflexes being found on the soles, sides and top of the feet.  Similarly, the hand reflexes are found on
both the palm and back of the hands.
Reflexology does not diagnose diseases, nor attempt to treat or cure specific medical conditions.  Reflexologists assess imbalances in the body, as a whole and treat by attempting to help the persons’ own healing energy resolve these imbalances.  With 7,200 nerve endings in each foot, which have extensive interconnections through the spinal cord and brain with all areas of the body, it stands to reason that the client experiences a great sense of well-being and release of tension following a course of reflexology. 
It is commonly recognized that stress causes and/or exacerbates disease in the body.  Reflexology aids relaxation and stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system to recover from stress.  This in turn improves organ function.
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Please click on the above link for
an 'Introduction to Reflexology' video clip
produced by The Association of Reflexologists (AOR)
Benefits
Reflexology may:
- Relieve stress and tension
- Provide an increased feeling of relaxation and well-being
- Improve circulation and promote unblocking of nerve impulses
- Promote lymphatic drainage and expulsion of toxins
- Help achieve homeostasis - a state of balance
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