Reflexology is one of the core treatments provided by Patricia at PS Therapies in Brighton. It is defined as the practice of applying pressure to reflex areas on the feet and hands that correspond to tissues, muscles and organs of the body. These pressure points can effect physical changes in the body and mind and the treatment is often used to promote deep relaxation and stress relief.
Whilst the art of reflexology dates back to Ancient Egypt, India and China, this therapy was not introduced to the West until Dr William Fitzgerald developed ‘Zone therapy’. He believed that reflex areas on the feet and hands were linked to other areas and organs of the body within the same zone.
In the 1930’s, Eunice Ingham further developed this zone theory into what is known as reflexology. Her opinion was that congestion or tension in any part of the foot is mirrored in the corresponding part of the body.
Reflexology involves the skilled application of pressure to specific points on the feet in order to restore balance to the body. These points represent reflex areas, which correspond to parts of the body.
Reflex areas are found on the soles, the top and the sides of the feet. Similar reflex areas can also be found on the hands and hand reflexology may be used where it is difficult to use techniques on the feet.
Reflexology is a simple, natural and harmless way to health. It can be used to obtain relief from all kinds of conditions, from general stress to specific disorders, often where conventional treatment has failed. Some common disorders that often react favourably to treatment are: migraine, arthritis, backache, asthma, hypertension, digestive problems, cystitis, skin conditions, stress and tension related disorders. It can also be use to maintain good health, build resistance and prevent illness, as well as induce a state of relaxation and enhance energy and vitality.
After one or two treatments your body may respond in a very noticeable way. Most people note a sense of well-being and relaxation.
If you would like to find out more about how reflexology can help you please contact me at my Brighton clinic.