Reflexology is one of the most well-known non-intrusive complementary health therapies in the UK and whilst the art of reflexology dates back to Ancient Egypt, India and China; it was not introduced to the West until Dr William Fitzgerald developed “Zone Therapy” between 1915 and 1917.
In the 1930’s this was developed further by Eunice Ingham into what is now known as reflexology.
A reflexologist treats their patients based on the theory that different points on the feet, lower leg, hands, face or ears correspond with different areas of the body. Reflexology is a holistic therapy and is used alongside traditional medicine.
The Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) are the UK voluntary regulator for complementary therapists in the UK and by registering with the CNHC, reflexologists (along with other holistic therapists) demonstrate to the general public and to other healthcare providers that they meet UK-wide standards of practice in their work.
What happens when you visit a reflexologist?
Your therapist will discuss with you your full medical history and you will be asked to sign a consent form before undertaking any treatment. All information that you provide to your reflexologist is confidential.
Reflexology is a very easy therapy to receive and in general the most clothing that will have to be removed for a treatment to take place is your socks and shoes.
The therapist will then use their hands to apply pressure to your feet, lower leg, hands, ears or face depending on the type of reflexology chosen. Most people find reflexology a relaxing experience however you may feel areas of transient discomfort during the session.
Your reflexologist may recommend a course of treatment depending on your own specific condition.
How much do reflexologists charge?
The cost of reflexology treatment will vary depending on where you have your treatment, the length of treatment and the knowledge and expertise of your therapist. It is always recommended that you make sure that your reflexologist is fully qualified.
What conditions can reflexology help to treat?
Reflexology is a holistic therapy promoting the body to heal itself so in theory it can help with almost all conditions and problems. It is said to be effective with many of the conditions shown below:
Anxiety • arthritis • back pain • chronic illness • depression • digestive disorders • fertility • migraine • pregnancy related conditions • relaxation • sinusitis • sleep disorders• stress
A well trained reflexologist will not claim to cure, diagnose or prescribe and some people find it works for them where as others do not. Although there has been positive research projects carried out with reflexology there is not a large enough body of evidence for any clinical claims of effectiveness.