The ancient art of foot massage has been practiced for thousands of years in Egypt, China and India. It is now recognised by the NHS, GP's and many hospices.
Reflexology is a form of massage based on zone therapy, a principal not dissimilar to acupuncture. The feet and hands are mini maps of the body and are divided into zones, by applying pressure to specific zones this can have a positive effect on the corresponding part of the body.
By working on these zones with thumb and finger movements congestion can be cleared, maintaining balance and wellbeing throughout the body, encouraging your body to heal itself from within.
Dr William Fitzgerald developed zone therapy in the early 1900â€™s and it was Eunice Ingham, a physiotherapist who went on to develop Fitzgerald's zone therapy into the reflexology we practice today.
Reflexology can be beneficial for:
- Hormonal Imbalances
- Back pain
- Migraine, headaches
- Sleep disorders
- Digestive problems
- Circulatory problems
- Stress related disorders
- Respiratory problems
- Muscular injuries, aches and pains
- Lymphatic disorders
The main effects of Reflexology are:
- Deep relaxation
- Increased energy levels
- Reduced stress levels
- Improved circulation
- More efficient removal of toxins
- Strengthened immune system
- Increased endorphin release (the body's natural painkiller)
- Balance maintained in the body
Massage also dates back to ancient eastern cultures where civilisations throughout history have recognised the healing power of human touch.
Swedish massage, otherwise known in Sweden as the 'Classic massage' is a treatment including movements such as long strokes (effleurage), Kneading (petrissage), and friction and tapping (tapotement).
Massage is ideal for specific physical problems such as muscle tension and tendon and ligament problems. It can also be used to relax muscles after physical exertion or to warm and loosen them in preparation for exercise. Massage is also a great mental and emotional stress reliever as it can induce deep relaxation and a feeling of wellbeing.
Massage can be beneficial for:
- Reducing muscle spasm, pain and tension
- Releasing endorphins, the body's natural painkillers
- Stress/anxiety relief
- Improved blood circulation
- Improved lymphatic drainage
- Improved mobility
- Reduction of swelling caused by an accumulation of fluid in the tissues
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