Reflexology Explained

Foot massage originated in China over 5,000 years ago. Early Chinese, Egyptians, Japanese and Indians manipulated the hands and feet of others to promote good health.

In 1913 the therapy was introduced to the West as “zone therapy” by US ear, nose and throat specialist, Dr William Fitzgerald. Then, in the 1930’s, US physiotherapist Eunice Ingham developed this concept further into what is now known as reflexology. One of Ingham’s students, Doreen Bayley, introduced reflexology to the UK in the 1960’s – its popularity has since soared.

Reflexology works on the theory that there are ten energy zones or meridians running through the body from head to toe, five on each side of the body ending in each foot and running down the arms into the fingertips. Each part of the foot corresponds to a specific area of the body.

Reflexology seeks to promote self-healing, restoring and maintaining the body’s natural equilibrium. The feet (and their 7,000 nerves!) are stimulated with pressure and massage techniques, inducing deep relaxation and a sense of well-being.

This gentle yet powerful therapy is suitable for all ages, from children to the elderly. It is considered safe and beneficial, even for mums-to-be and those with acute or chronic medical conditions. It can bring relief to a wide range of emotional and physical health issues. Over and above its therapeutic benefits, many clients find refl exology a perfect antidote to the stresses of modern living, and a wonderful way to take time out for themselves.

Nessa Neame, fully qualified Holistic Therapist, practices refl exology and aromatherapy massage from her tranquil treatment room near Elmsted. She is also happy to bring reflexology to clients in the comfort of their own homes.

For further information, gift vouchers or to arrange an appointment, please call Nessa on 07816 853026.