Reflexology is a natural, alternative,non-invasive treatment which works by massaging and stimulating pressure points on the feet to promote natural healing, restoring balance and equilibrium. Unlike conventional medicine, reflexology does not use drugs as part of the treatment.
Practitioners of reflexology work on the premise that the reflexes in the feet are an exact image of organs on the body and when applying pressure to these points there is a positive effect on the corresponding body part.
The restorative and healing powers of reflexology have been known and practised since ancient times and incorporated into medical practices across the globe. Ancient cultures are thought to have used massage in some form and stone carvings have been found in China, Japan and Egypt which suggest healing techniques used on the feet. Further evidence indicates that other cultures such as Native Americans, Indians and Africans used Reflexology as a means of promoting healing and alleviating or reducing pain.
Contemporary reflexology has both Western and Eastern influences, and many countries are adopting reflexology as a safe and effective complementary treatment for a variety of modern ailments including digestive disorders, PMS, anxiety, and stress related conditions. It is widely used in hospice and cancer care.
Reflexology has been found to support adults and children with disabilities. It is recognised for its benefits in promoting relaxation, reducing stress and anxiety and can be particularly effective in inducing feelings of calm for those with autism spectrum disorder.
Many people report a feeling of relaxation during and after treatment and reflexology often promotes deep, restorative sleep.