Reflexology is said to have originated in China 5,000 years ago, when pressure therapies were used to assist the correction of energy fields in the body. It works on the basis that there are zones in the hands and feet associated with various glands, organs and regions of the body.
It uses the application of pressure to support the whole body through a series of 'reflex points'. This is believed to encourage the flow of natural energy (chi) to assist the body's natural healing process. Reflexology believes that every aspect of our physical body is mirrored in the feet, thus allowing support of the body in its entirety.
Reflexology can support in the management of stress-related ailments as well as promoting a sense of calm and well-being.
Maternity Reflexology can help support expectant mothers in dealing with minor ailments associated with pregnancy and may encourage the inducement of labour at full term.
Some techniques may be useful in helping to turn breech babies and once the baby is here may help to calm them and aid conditions such as colic.
These techniques can be taught to parents to promote the bonding experience. Additionally, people who have fertility issues may also benefit from reflexology.
Practitioners: Mary Gibson