Therapy and Therapists
in the UK
happens during a reflexology session
on what a Reflexology therapy session involves
can reflexology treat
where Reflexology is practiced /taught in UK
in relation to Allopathic ie western medical treatment
What is reflexology?
Reflexology is based on the idea that each part of the body has a "reflex"
impact on the other parts.
treatments can be defined as a part of the foot or hand being pressed
or massaged in order to create an effect on another body part or organ
as a reflex.
is that each part of the body has a specific connection to a point in
the hands and/or feet.
The connection works both ways in that a specific part of the hands or
feet is pressed /massaged to cure, heal and relax the specific body part
it connects to.
area on the hands or feet is referred to as a point or zone.
In the UK this treatment is now recognized by many GPs and is reasonably
highly thought of, as research shows that many problems with the back,
neck and bowel can be the result of to tension and stress. Reflexology
has a significant relaxing effect on patients. Unlike conventional treatments
which often only remove the immediate pain, it deals with the root problem
It is though to improve various problems by having a positive effect on
the blood circulation to the whole of the body and relaxing muscle tissue.
History of reflexology
of Reflexology can be traced back to Egypt and China thousand years ago.
people throughout history can be seen to have worked in this field, in
the modern era the principal exponent and “inventor” of modern
reflexology was Eunice Ingham.
She shaped the practice into a clinical therapy by formally identifying
the parts of the feet and hands that correspond to different organs of
She wrote two books explaining her research in this area which have become
the standard texts in the field. She also established a school in UK ‘The
International Institute of Reflexology’ where her theory continues
to be taught and ongoing research is carried out on reflexology.
Types of reflexology
is practiced in two ways:
1- Foot Reflexology
As the name suggests, this type of reflexology is primarily done on the
is that nerve endings from all parts of the body are connected to the
feet. Pressing different zones of the feet have a corresponding effect
on various parts of the body.
the heels are linked to the lower back. If you go for a proper reflexology
session the therapist will go over all areas on your feet one by one but
will tend to focus more on the zone linked to the troubling organ of the
Although reflexology is generally known as a foot therapy, the hands also
play a very important role.
The reflex zones in the hands are thought to be deeper than those in the
feet but their massaging can be very effective, particularly if used in
parallel with the foot massage.
It can be also very helpful in cases when the patient wants to do the
therapy on his/her own or if there is not enough room for removing shoes/socks.
happens during a reflexology session
treatment is conducted in a gentle, easy going atmosphere that is very
relaxing and soothing for the patient.
You will sit or more probably lie down.
The reflexologist will begin the session by examining your feet and hands
to identify which parts of your body need attention. From this they will
decide how to proceed.
have to do anything. Just lie there with your eyes closed. Perhaps after
some initial friendly chit chat it is probably best to falll into silence
in order to relax more fully.
the therapist just uses his/her hands. The massage is firm but not with
too much pressure.
might also include some massage creams / oil or even powder if deemed
necessary by the reflexologist.
The time span for the treatment could be 40-45 minutes and be taken once
a week or even up to 3 times a week depending on your condition, age and
severity of the problem. On average it takes 4-6 weeks to see the results
– although you will feel more relaxed immediately
what a Reflexology therapy session involves
Do I need to buy any equipment?
What to wear when going for the therapy?
you feel comfortable in.
You will be asked to take off your socks (if you are wearing any) but
you don’t need to take off your clothes.
What is expected of clients?
first meeting with your reflexologist, he/she will take a “personal
history” asking you questions regarding your way of life, eating
habits, any operations that you may have undergone or any minor or major
illness that you have or had.
It’s very important that you are frank and open about even the slightest
medical problems with the reflexology therapist.
may take notes on you and may keep a record of your progress (responses
to the treatment) in the future. This will be confidential.
What are the main Qualifications a reflexology therapist should have?
is required to have proper training in this therapy from a recognized
institute such as The International Institute of Reflexology
What can reflexology
therapy is considered to help the following conditions
· Lower back pains
· Stress related pains like headaches etc
· Menstrual problems
· Digestive tract problems
· Kidney problems
Places where Reflexology is practiced /taught in UK
International Institute of reflexology https://www.reflexology-uk.net
Centre for Clinical Reflexology https://www.clinicalreflexology.org.uk
The Association of reflexologist www.reflexology.org
Advanced Reflexology Training www.artreflex.co.uk
British reflexology Association www.britreflex.co.uk
Reflexogy in relation
to Allopathic ie western medical treatment
is regarded quite highly by many allopathic GPs / primary medical carers,
what should be kept in mind is that reflexology should not be considered
an alternative for any prescribed medicines and ongoing medical treatment.
It best seen as complementary to any ongoing medical treatment.
The two can run in parallel with each other.
Advice from their Doctor should be taken in particular by diabetics and
pregnant women, before starting this therapy.
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