Reflexology at Pilates Fitness

Emanuela IIHHT FHT MICHT MHFST is a fully qualified therapist offering Reflexology, Indian Head Massage and Sports Massage treatments.

Read below to find out more about reflexology.
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History of Reflexology

Archaeological evidence suggests that foot observation and applying pressure to hands and feet are ancient traditions depicted in Egyptian pictographs dating from 2330BC, reported in various texts from Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM, starting from 3000BC) and also practiced by North American Indians.

The concept of reflexology as a medical therapy began to emerge in the 19th century, based on Western scientific research into the nervous system. The basic discovery was that action on one part of the body would influence another area of the body and influence health and well-being. In 1893, British Sir Henry Head discovered that some areas of the skin could be abnormally sensitive to pain due to a diseased internal organ because both were served by nerves emanating from the same segment of the spinal cord. Pavlov showed that dog's internal organs could be conditioned to respond to certain stimuli, prompting the hypothesis that health can be affected in response to certain stimuli. This became known as "reflex therapy".

American Dr William Fitzgerald, influenced by a visit to England in the early 1900s, launched similar ideas in the United States. Zone therapy divided the body into ten longitudinal zones running from the top of the head down the body to the feet (five zones per foot). Reflexology fully developed in the 1930s when Eunice Ingham and others devised charts of reflex zones for the hands and feet. During her travels in the US, Canada and Europe, she introduced thousands of people to the practice of reflexology. Her work is continued today by her nephew, Dwight Byers.

One of Ingham's pupils, Doreen Bayly, introduced reflexology to the UK in the 1960s. Its popularity has soared since as it is simple to perform and agreeable to receive. Reflexology is now used in some NHS cancer wards and hospices and is popular throughout the world.


What is Reflexology?

Reflexology is a precisely defined form of holistic treatment based on the principle that the anatomy of the body is reflected or mirrored in miniature on the feet and hands. Reflexology is a simple, non-invasive treatment which helps maintain a delicate balance within the bodies systems and structures. By using specific pressure techniques healing is both in initiated and accelerated in the corresponding area of the body.

A reflexology practitioner uses light pressure to massage points in the toes, feet and ankles to release tension, remove energy blockages, disperse accumulations of calcium and uric acid, stimulate blood circulation and promote healing of body and mind.

The foot is divided into ten zones (5 on each foot) and energy or chi (qi') flows through each of these zones. When the energy flow is blocked or congested in a particular area, this can cause discomfort or dis-ease. During treatment, the energy flow is enhanced and this encourages the body to heal itself and (re)create balance within the systems of the body. Another benefit is that reflexology breaks down waste deposits in the feet which are then expelled out of the body creating a detoxifying effect.

Strange as it may seem, a reflexology treatment can bring about the same sensation of relaxation as a full body massage. Therefore, reflexology is very useful in helping deal with stress.


What is reflexology good for?

Reflexology is great for many conditions... below is a list of just a few of the conditions that reflexology can help with


What reflexology can do


What happens during a reflexology treatment?

A full history is always taken first to establish any contra-indications to treatment. Please ensure you inform your therapist about any infectious foot conditions (such as plantar warts or athlete's foot) in advance.

After the consultation, the client removes his/her shoes and lies on a massage couch (or reclining chair). Then, the feet are generally cleaned to prepare for treatment.

As to the treatment itself, from the outside, it will look more or less like a "foot and ankle massage". The reflexologist typically works on your feet, performing a warmup routine, a main section which includes targeted work on whatever areas need addressing and finally a soothing foot massage routine performed with oil to conclude the session.

You may lie down on a couch or on a reclining chair, fully clothed, except from your feet. Relaxation is encouraged at each stage. For instance, you are welcome to close your eyes and not talk to the therapist after the initial consultation. Soothing music may be played in the background.

Generally, most clients report that a reflexology treatment is wonderfully relaxing and soothing, and many people fall asleep. A session will generally last 45-60 minutes.


How many treatments are needed?

The number of treatments will vary from person to person. If the aim is simply relaxation, then one treatment is wonderful - maybe topping up once a month to maintain the benefits!

In most cases, a series of (6 or so) sessions are necessary to resolve any problems. Some clients book a regularly weekly or monthly session as a preventative measure, to keep their systems balanced and in good working order.

Typically, a client may choose to visit weekly until a consistent improvement is recorded. This can then progress to fortnightly and then monthly visits.


Want to try a reflexology treatment?

Take advantage of the current OFFER: just £20 for a reflexology treatment!
TIME-LIMITED OFFER (can be withdrawn at any time).
Several times and locations available.
To book a treatment or discuss your holistic needs, please
contact me.


Useful Links

Federation of Holistic Therapists
Reflexology on Embody
Reflexology on Channel 4 Complementary Therapies
Reflexology at vhi healthcare


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