We can date reflexology, in some form, all the way back to the ancient Egyptians. The oldest evidence can be found in a hieroglyphic relief in the tomb of Ankhmahor, an Egyptian physician, which dates back to around 2500 BC.
Reflexology was introduced to western society in 1913 when Dr William Fitzgerald released his research on a new system he had created called ‘zone therapy’. He separated the body into ten zones running head to foot and discovered that by applying pressure in one of the zones an anesthetising effect was produced in another area of the same zone.
Zone therapy was adapted by Dr Joe Riley who mapped out reflex points on the feet, hands and ears and this idea was then taken and refined by his student Eunice Ingham. Eunice added more emphasis on reflex points whilst reducing the zone therapy side of things. She mapped reflexes on the feet with precision and added the use of varying pressures instead of the constant pressure which zone therapy had used. And so, reflexology as we know it today was born.
Reflexology is a non-invasive holistic therapy which works on the basis that the entire body can be mapped out on the feet, hands, face or ears. The practitioner applies varying pressures to these extremities which correspond to different areas of the body. This stimulates nerve endings and activates the body’s own healing mechanisms, restoring balance to the body and mind.
Reflexology is a holistic therapy, this means that reflexology practitioners treat each client as a whole to promote the individuals wellbeing. We do not diagnose, prescribe or cure.
At the holistic therapist our aim is to empower you to take control of your personal wellbeing, we acknowledge that every person is unique and our sessions are tailored for each individual with a personalised treatment plan based on your concerns, medical and lifestyle background and what your feet are showing us.
Reflexology is a safe non-invasive holistic treatment that benefits people of any age, gender or background. Reflexology is a completely safe treatment throughout pregnancy.
During our initial consultation we will go through a full medical and lifestyle questionnaire so that I can get a clear picture of your past and present health. The session includes a 60 minute treatment, where we go through the main reflexes of feet.
Should you wish to return for a follow up appointment a personalised treatment plan will be written up for you which will be based on your goals, questionnaire and results from your treatment.
For clients who have feet problems or dislike their feet being touched. This treatment is particularly beneficial for the elderly and those in hospital.
Follow-up treatments are also £40 and are 45-60 minutes long.
NEPIP stands for Neuro Endo Psycho Immuno Pody.
NEPIP is based on a branch of science called Psychoneuroimmunology which examines the interactions between our behaviour, nervous and endocrine activity and their direct effect on our immune system.
Reflexology is a completely safe treatment for children and teenagers.
A parent/guardian age over 18 must sign a consent form and be present in the room during the treatment.
Reflexology is an alternative treatment that can help support the body’s natural ability to heal and relax. It is completely safe during pregnancy and can support your body during this time in many ways.
Reflexology is not an appropriate treatment for anyone suffering with DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis) or unstable heart conditions.
All Reflexology treatments are done with the client laid back in a zero gravity chair, this may not be acceptable for clients who are heavily pregnant, elderly, suffering from vertigo or extremely overweight (chairs weight limit is 140 kgs/22 st), please inform us on booking if any of these apply to you and we can make alternative arrangements for your treatment.
If you’re not sure if complementary therapies are for you, if you’d like more information, or if you’d simply like to see how we connect, make your first step towards self-care and wellbeing with a free, no-obligation consultation at the holistic therapist. Together, we will talk about your concerns, symptoms, medical background and lifestyle factors, and explore my philosophy and services on offer. At the conclusion of your free consultation, you have the opportunity to schedule your first appointment, in which we will comprehensively go over your history, develop a treatment plan and administer your first treatment.