Reflexology is a complementary medicine dating back to ancient Chinese & Egyptian healing practice. It uses a specialised form of massage & acupressure stimulation to activate reflex or zonal areas of the feet, hands & ears. An early Egyptian tomb pictograph, dated 2500-2300 BC, illustrates this therapeutic medicinal practice, with later Chinese & Western medical treatises documenting the early use of zone therapy.
Western neurological & clinical research in the early 19th century, formally classified these anatomical zones, with studies evidencing how massage of painful zonal reflexes resulted in the corresponding area or body part to heal faster. US practitioner, Eunice Ingham, & Doreen Bayley in the UK, developed this research for Western complementary health as a treatment method called Zone Therapy or Reflexology. Whilst recognised by the NHS & mainstream medicine as a therapeutic natural medicine, the roots of this modern therapy still lie firmly in its ancient traditional practice.
Reflexology is based on the scientific study of how specific reflex areas correspond to different parts of the body. On this principle, reflexology is a holistic therapy mapping, through the use of a micro area of the body, its greater macro health. This holistic body mapping is not dissimilar to that used in Korean & Tung acupuncture & acupressure, both of which are offered as integrative Well Body Acupuncture & Oriental medicine therapies.
How does Reflexology/ Zone Therapy work?
Reflexology works as a holistic treatment using areas & points on the feet, hands & ears. These locations or zones signal, via the central nervous system, to corresponding or linked parts of the greater anatomical body. When acupressure or focused reflex massage is applied to these areas or 'points', it stimulates an immuno-neuro-endocrine response, optimising hormonal release, raising immune health, & helping to restore homeostatic balance. As a therapy, it supports & signals to the body to naturally heal itself, restoring physical, energetic, mental & emotional health.
With over 7,000 nerve endings in each human foot alone, this micro-therapy works closely & with precise movements to affect a macro-holistic result. In order to maintain a healthy balance, all systems need to be working together to effect homeostasis. Stress, injury, trauma, illness & environmental factors including diet & exercise, can each individually or collectively disrupt this subtle mechanism & put the body under greater internal stress.
Reflexology uses a specialised form of finger, thumb, knuckles & hand manipulations to stimulate a series of reflex points. Treatment aims to treat both symptoms & the constitution, identifying areas of weakness or excess that may be disrupting the system. Visible signs of imbalance may be hard, peeling, or flaking skin, discolouration, marks on the foot, bloodspots or moles, blisters & bunions.
Reflexology, TCM & Traditional Oriental Medicine: nourishing your body to health
The Well Body Clinics offer traditional reflexology as well as advanced integrative treatment using Oriental medicine diagnostics. This skillset may also consider the odour, colour, temperature, tonacity or moistness or the feet, hands or ears. Whilst single treatment is very relaxing & may stimulate discussion of health areas to watch, greater therapeutic benefit is possible with a strategic treatment plan, carefully designed to best support your unique system & its greater holistic health.