Reflexology Explained

ReflexologySometimes, when people first hear about the practice of ‘Reflexology’ they think it’s something to do with hitting your knee with a hammer, until the realisation dawns and they say “oh yeah, that thing with your feet”.

Actually, there’s so much more to Reflexology than just a foot massage and anyone that’s a regular to the treatment will tell you there’s no going back once you get started.

So, here are some lovely facts for you:


1. What is it?

Reflexology is a science that works around the principle that there are reflex areas in our hands and feet that correspond to all of the glands, organs and parts of the body. Stimulating these reflexes can prevent and relieve health issues and work toward your overall body maintenance as well as combat stress.


2. Where did it come from?

A long old time ago, that’s where! Reflexology was practised as early as 2330 B.C. by the Egyptian culture and may have entered the Western world during the conquests of the Roman Empire.

More recently, Sir Henry Head first investigated the concepts underlying reflexology right here in England in the 1890s and meanwhile, similar notions were being researched in Germany and Russia. Less than 2 decades later, a physician named William H. Fitzgerald presented a similar concept called Zone Therapy which was then take by Eunice Ingham in the late 1930s and developed, expanded and pioneered into the Reflexology we know today.


3. What are the benefits?

Reflexology promotes healing by stimulating the nerves in the body and encouraging the flow of blood. In the process, Reflexology not only quells the sensation of pain but relieves the source of pain as well.

Reflexology is great for anyone suffering from a recent injury or anyone especially lacking energy and motivation. Reflexology can restore the balance lost in your body and encourage healing.

For sufferers of stress, anxiety, back pain, poor digestion, headaches or respiratory problems it’s also incredibly beneficial, as all of these issues can be targeted through the pressure points in the feet.

Apart from anything, it’s an incredibly relaxing treatment and can be enjoyed by all.


4. What can I expect in a Reflexology treatment?

Typically, the Practitioner and client will have a preliminary discussion prior to therapy to enable the Practitioner to focus more accurately on the client’s specific complaints and determine the correct course of action.

The treatment is most commonly administered via the feet and usually lasts around an hour.



We have a wealth of Reflexology Practitioners here at The Relaxation Centre and you can even enjoy a discounted session with our Weekday Reviver package. For more information on our Spa and Treatment Packages, please click here.

For more information on all of our Treatments, please click here or call 0117 970 6616 to book.


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