Reflexology is an ancient treatment. The first evidence of pressure therapy being used as a preventative and therapeutic medicine has been found on inscriptions in ancient Egyptian tombs dating back to 2500 BC.
What is Reflexology?
The therapy is a non-invasive complementary therapy that treats the whole person holistically. The principal is based on the belief that your whole body is mapped out in reflex zones on your feet and hands. These reflex zones correspond to your organs and bodily systems. I use pressure on these reflex zones to treat and relax you, and improve your general well being.
Several scientists and doctors contributed to the development of reflexology as we know it. In the 1890’s, Sir Henry Head showed that a neurological relationship exists between the skin and the internal organs. Sir Charles Sherrington became a Nobel prize winner for proving that, when a stimulus applies to any part of the body, the whole nervous system and body adjusts to it. Dr William Fitzgerald rediscovered Zone Therapy, which was a treatment that was used in India and China about 5,000 years ago. Eunice Ingham further developed and refined the therapy in the 1930s, working with specific reflex points, creating the modern reflexology that we use today.
Hot Stone Therapy
Hot stone therapy is another age-old treatment, which helps with stress by putting you in a deeply relaxed state. The advantages of heat therapy have been appreciated for thousands of years in many parts of the world, and stone therapy has been used for over 2000 years. Modern-day hot stone therapy was founded by Mary Nelson in 1993 in Arizona.
Reflexology and Health Conditions
When you become ill, injured or stressed, your body can experience an imbalance. Your vital energy channels may become congested or blocked and this may prevent your body from functioning efficiently.
Reflexology is safe if you are suffering with:
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Back pain
- Neck pain
- Menopause symptoms
More generally reflexology helps to:
- promote relaxation
- increase vitality
- restore and maintain the body's natural equilibrium.
You can try our Stress and Anxious Hand Reflexology.
I am a mother of four, and my journey through each pregnancy was unique. I understand the emotional, hormonal and physiological changes that you need to manage through this beautiful experience, from preconception, through pregnancy and after your baby is born.
Trying to relax is vital during this special time, but it can seem difficult, especially if you have a busy work schedule or already have young children to look after. Relaxation can combat stress and develop resilience as this is important.
Arranging time for regular maternity reflexology throughout your pregnancy can be wonderful for self-care as through your three trimesters each one comes with its own hormonal and physiological changes.
Reflexology may assist in:
- Deep relaxation
- Morning sickness
- Relief from fatigue and anxiety
- Increase in energy levels
Once you become a mum, it’s incredibly important for you to receive good care. After the physical and emotional changes of pregnancy, two or three postnatal reflexology treatments can assist to re-balance your body. You can feel more energised and able to cope in your daily life.
Alongside conventional care, reflexology aids to improve the quality and comfort of your pregnancy journey.
If you have any questions about reflexology or hot stone therapy, or if you would like to make an appointment with me in Kensal Rise, Wembley or another area of north west London, please contact me.
Below are two studies of the effects and outcomes of maternity reflexology in labour and improving the quality of sleep.
(1) Valiani M Et Al (2010) - Reviewing the effect of Reflexology on pain and outcomes of the labour of primiparous women. Iranian Journal of Nursing and Midwifery Research. 15(Dec) p302-310.
(2) LI C-Y ET AL (2011) - Randomised controlled trail of the effectiveness of using foot reflexology to improve quality of sleep amongst post partum women. Midwifery. 27. p181-186.