Warminster Osteopathic Clinic
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Warminster Osteopathic Clinic
4 Station Road ● Warminster
Wiltshire ● BA12 9BR
01985 213927 www.facebook.com/WarminsterClinic
Company registered in England & Wales 05751974
Copyright © Warminster Osteopathic Clinic 2016
What is reflexology?
Reflexology is a method for activating the healing powers of the body. It is both old and new. From ancient texts, illustrations and artefacts, we know that the early Chinese, Japanese, Indians, Russians, and Egyptians worked on the feet to promote good health. Today many of these same techniques have been developed into a modern scientific method called reflexology. What joins the ancients with the moderns, is the long-established principle that there are energy zones that run throughout the body and reflex areas in the feet that correspond to all the major organs, glands, and body parts.
In the early years of the twentieth century, Dr William Fitzgerald developed the modern zone theory of the human body, arguing that parts of the body correspond to all other parts and offering as proof the fact that applying pressure to one area anaesthetised a corresponding area. Dr Edwin Bowers, Fitzgerald’s colleague, used a dramatic demonstration to convince others of the theory’s validity. He showed that he could stick a pin into a volunteer’s face without causing pain, if he first applied pressure to the point in the person’s hand which corresponded to that area of the face.
In the 1930s, Eunice Ingham, a physiotherapist for Dr Joseph Shelby Riley, who was also a student and advocate of the theory, used zone therapy in her work with patients. She observed that congestion or tension in any part of the foot mirrors congestion or tension in a corresponding part of the body. Thus, when you treat the big toes there is a related effect in the head, and treating the whole foot can have a relaxing and healing effect on the whole body. She concluded that since the zones ran throughout the body and could be accessed anywhere, some areas might be more accessible and effective than others. She was right. The feet were the most responsive areas for working the zones because they were extremely sensitive. Eventually, she mapped the entire body onto the feet and discovered than an alternating pressure on the various points had therapeutic effects far beyond the limited use to which zone therapy had been previously employed, namely, reduction of pain. And so reflexology was born.
Modern reflexology is both a science and an art. As a science, it requires careful study, faithful practice, a sound knowledge of the techniques, and skill. And yet as one of the healing arts, reflexology yields the best results when the reflexologist works with dedication, patience, focused intention, and above all, loving care.
What will treatment involve?
On your first visit, you will receive a consultation to take a full medical history, together with information on your lifestyle, and emotional and physical symptoms. This case history allows the therapist to provide the best possible treatment. In rare cases, your doctor’s permission may be required. Shoes and socks are removed and client lies comfortably on a treatment couch. Gentle pressure is applied to the feet to detect any subtle changes in specific points on the feet. Working on these points may affect the corresponding organ or system of the body. After treatment, after care advice is also offered so that the client becomes more informed and can prolong the benefits of the treatment once at home.
The benefits of reflexology
The human foot is an architectural masterpiece. Few people pay much attention to their feet, which take a sever beating on their path through life. The structure of the foot forms our based and foundation. A strong foundation relies on correct alignment and joint function and any impairment to the functions will displace the centre of gravity. Other areas of the body will then overcompensate, causing knee, leg and calf pain, as well as back problems.
To a reflexologist, feet tell a thousand stories. The foot represents the body and every nick and crevice holds a key to the nature of the problem. Reflexology recognises the vital role of feet in health and healing, and aims to emphasise that if you take care of your feet, they will take care of you.