The ancient art of Reflexology has been known to man for many thousands of years. It was first practiced by the early Indians, Chinese and Egyptians. In 1913 an American ear, nose and throat surgeon introduced this therapy to the west. He noted that pressure on parts of the body could have an anaesthetizing effect on a related area. Developing this theory, he divided the body into 10 equal vertical zones, ending in the fingers and toes. He concluded that pressure on any part of that zone could effect everything else in that zone. Thus the reflex areas on the feet and hands are linked to other areas of the body and organs within the same zone. This was further refined in the 1930’s to the zone theory known as foot reflexology. It was observed that congestion or tension corresponded to parts of the body, thus when you treat big toes there is a related effect in the head. Treating the whole foot has an effect on the whole body. How can Reflexology help you? The body has the ability to heal itself. Following illness, stress, injury or disease, it is in a state of “imbalance”, and vital energy pathways are blocked, preventing the body from functioning effectively. Reflexology can be used to restore and maintain the body’s natural equilibrium and encourage healing. A Reflexologist uses hands only to apply gentle pressure to the feet. For each person the application and effect of the therapy is unique. Sensitive trained hands can detect tiny deposits and imbalances in the feet and by working on these points the Reflexologist can release blockages and restore the free flow of energy to the whole body. Tensions are eased and circulation and elimination are improved. This gentle therapy encourages the body to heal itself at its own pace, often countering a lifetime of misuse.