Reflexology is a popular and relaxing treatment based on the principle that reflex points on the soles, tops and sides of the feet correspond to areas throughout the body.
In this way, the feet can be seen as a map of the body. Reflexologists work on their reflex points with their thumbs, fingers or knuckles using specialised massage techniques, thought to help correct imbalances thought the body.
Origins of reflexology
The Chinese are said to have used an early form of reflexology more than 5,000 years ago in their use of pressure therapies. Egyptian tomb artwork also shows foot massage, indicating that working on the feet is an ancient practice, used in many cultures.
Modern reflexology, where the feet are divided into zones corresponding to areas within the body, was developed by Eunice D. Ingham in the 1930s and is now a popular complementary therapy.
What happens during a reflexology treatment?
A reflexology treatment lasts for approximately an hour. As it’s just the feet that are usually worked on, you remain fully clothed, simply removing your shoes and socks.
You’ll be invited to relax on a reclining chair or treatment couch. Your feet will be cleansed at the start of the treatment and then a variety of reflexology techniques will be used, adapted to suit your individual needs.
Reflexology can also be carried out on hands and ears as well as feet. The zones running through the feet also have corresponding zones in the hands and ears.
Bare your sole
Each foot is divided into five zones (along the length of the feet). These sections are thought to correspond to different areas of the body.
Can anyone enjoy reflexology?
This therapy is suitable for most adults but there are certain conditions where you should avoid reflexology. To ensure the continued well-being of clients, all treatments begin with a consultation, which enables your therapist to make sure that reflexology is right for you. In some instances your doctors permission may be required before treatments can commence, for example, if you have diabetes. A confidential record card will be kept with any relevant notes for future treatments.
After your treatment
To gain maximum benefit from reflexology, it is advisable to drink plenty of water and avoid alcohol in the hours immediately after treatment. If you have any queries, don’t hesitate to contact Zen Day Spa.
Benefits of reflexology
Benefits of reflexology include: