Reflexology is a gentle and non-invasive holistic therapy based on the theory that there are reflexes in the feet and hands that correspond to all the organs, glands and systems of the body (Click here to view an interactive foot map). During your reflexology treatment a specific massage is applied (usually to the feet) using deep pressure and massage techniques with the aim of eliminating imbalances and encouraging healing within the body to restore a natural state of equilibrium. It is important to note that reflexologists work alongside conventional treatment methods, not as a substitute and that we do not claim to cure, diagnose or prescribe.
Historically there is evidence of a form of hand and foot therapy being practiced in China as far back as 4,000BC and in ancient Egypt around 2,330BC. The therapy was introduced as 'zone therapy' in the West by Dr William Fitzgerald in the 1920s, who believed that reflex areas on the feet and hands were linked to other areas and organs of the body within the same zone. His work was further developed by an American physiotherapist named Eunice Ingham in the 1930s and her methods are still widely taught today.