What Is Reflexology?
“Reflexology is a science that deals with the principle that there are reflex areas in the feet and hands which correspond to all glands, organs and parts of the body. Reflexology is a unique method of using the thumb and fingers on these reflex areas.”
The ancient healing art of Reflexology has been known for many thousands of years. It was first practiced by the early Indian, Chinese and Egyptian peoples.
What Does Reflexology Do?
Relieves stress and tension
Improves blood supply and promotes unblocking of nerves impulses
Helps nature bring body into balance
How Can Reflexology Help YOU?
A qualified practitioner can detect tiny crystal deposits and imbalances in the feet and by gently massaging these areas can relieve blockages and restore the free flow of energy to the whole body.
Who Can Benefit from Reflexology?
Since Reflexology treats the whole person, not the symptoms of disease, most people benefit from treatment. The therapy brings relief to a wide range of acute and chronic conditions, and is suitable for all ages. Once your body is in tine, it is wise to have regular treatments in order to help maintain health and wellbeing. An increasing number of people are discovering the benefits of this safe, natural therapy as a way of relaxing, balancing and harmonising the body.
Types of Reflexology
Universal Method of Reflexology
Universal Method of Reflexology is a very gentle touch Reflexology working while the client is in the alpha (sleeping) state and works on the emotional level. Reflexology opens the mind, clears the consciousness and assists in dealing with the ‘stressful’ aspects of life. Understanding the emotion is all part of the healing process. As restrictive beliefs and principles are released, greater awareness enriches the quality of life.
The Universal Method of Reflexology was developed by Reflexologist, Chris Stormer, SRN, SCM, HV, RT, author of “Language of the Feet”.
Crystal Reflexology combines the benefits of Reflexology with the healing energies of crystals. Specially shaped sets of small crystals are placed under the thumbs to perform the Reflexology. The crystals used are usually in the colours of the Chakras.
The term ‘cranio-sacral’ was first used by Dr. W. G. Sutherland (in ‘Thinking Fingers’) a hundred years ago in America to describe the basis for a new approach to Osteopathy that he had developed. He saw how the design of the bones in the skull permitted some slight motion – and that any restriction to this normal motion due to injury, trauma or disease could affect a person’s health negatively. The Cranio-Sacral Osteopath works gently with the bones in the skull and sacrum to remedy such conditions. Treatment in the skull transmits to other parts of the body via cerebro-spinal fluid ‘impulses’ conveyed through the cranio-sacral system.
The trained Cranio-Sacral Reflexologist, with a highly developed sense of palpation, can achieve the same results as an Osteopath – or better – by treating the bones of the feet – where the skull and sacrum are reflected at certain specific joints. Appraisal and treatment on the feet relate to the same cerebro-spinal fluid impulses. The body’s inner health is perceived through the impulses detected via the feet. Areas of congestion and restriction in function, of any part of the body are felt as an imbalance in the motion of the impulses. The Cranio-Sacral Reflexologist works to eliminate the underlying source of any dysfunction through reflexology and cranio-sacral techniques – restoring health and vitality and eliminating the symptoms.
Cranio-Sacral Reflexology was developed by Dr. Martine Faure-Alderson, DO, MRO, MNIMH, M BacC, RS Hom, who is trained and fully qualified in Osteopathy, Homeopathy, Acupuncture, Herbal Medicines and Reflexology.
Vertical Reflex Therapy
Vertical Reflex Therapy is applied to the top of the feet for a few minutes while the client is standing and is followed up by a conventional Reflexology treatment and provides amazing benefits.
- Provides deeper access to reflex points so that the treatment is quicker and more effective.
- Enhances and complements professional reflexology treatments.
- Achieves significant results in a shorter time.
- Provides access to many new reflex points including reflexes for stimulating the immune system and calf reflexes to help ease back pain and congestion.
Vertical Reflex Therapy was developed by Reflexologist, Lynne Booth BA, BRCP, ART, MAR, while working in a hospital with patients in wheelchairs. Finding it was often not possible to work on the soles of the feet, she found she could obtain excellent results from working on the upper part of their feet.