Reflexology

The origins of reflexology reach back to ancient Egypt where inscriptions found in a physician's tomb at Ankmahor, dated 2350 BC showed reflexology treatments. The Chinese and Cherokee Indians have also used pressure point techniques for thousands of years to encourage healing. However modern reflexology developed from the 'Zone Theory' developed by Dr. William Fitzgerald at the beginning of the twentieth century. He discovered that the application of pressure on the zones of the hands or feet relieved pain and in the majority of cases also relieved the underlying cause. Eunice Ingham, an American physiotherapist further developed this concept in the 1930's and created a foot map which showed the reflexes in the feet were an exact mirror image of the organs of the body. Reflexology as practised today was introduced into Britain in the 1960's by Doreen Bailey, a student of Eunice Ingram's.

Reflexology aims to treat the whole body. The treatment includes massage and pressure point techniques. Congestion and imbalances are detected through changes in the feet. These are released by unblocking energy during and following treatment. It provides support for all ailments, especially stress related conditions and hormone imbalances.