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What is Reflexology?

Health at Your Fingertip's
Reflexology or zone therapy is the practice involving the physical act of applying pressure to the feet and hands with specific thumb, finger and hand techniques. Oil, cream or lotion may be used on specific reflex areas that reflect an image of the body with the premise that such work effects a physical and or emotional change.

History of Reflexology
Archaelogical evidence points to ancient reflexology practices in Egypts, China and Japan as far back as 2300 BC.
We rediscovered the concept in the 19th century following European and Russian research in the nervous system. Influences to reflexes and thus brain-organ dynamics survive as a medical practice today.
American Physiotherapist Eunice Ingham is credited with keeping alive a specific system of reflex areas by 1938. Since then, practising reflexologists all over the world have emerged, hundreds of reflexology books publishes, number of magazine articles and researches implemented.

What are the benefits of Reflexology ?
Research and surveys have shown reflexology to be effective in many ways, the main benefit to do with the reduction of stress.
- It creates relaxation
- It reduces pain
- It ameliorates many health concerns
- It improves blood flow
- It aids in post operative recovery
- It impacts on physiological measures such as blood pressure
- It enhances medical care
- It benefits mental health
- It complements cancer care
- It eases pregnancy , delivery and aftercare
Reflexology is a complement to standard medical care and should not be construed as medical advice. Reflexology helps to interrupt the stress signals in the body and thus reset the homeostasis that is to say the body's equilibrium.

Who can benefit from Reflexology ?
Reflexology is suitable for all ages and may bring relief from a wide range of acute and chronic conditions. Many people having found it beneficial for the treatment of specific conditions continue with regular treatments in order to maintain health and well being. While many people use reflexology as a way of relaxing the mind and body and counteracting stress, at the same time many doctors, consultants and other health care professionals recognise reflexology as a well established, respected and effective therapy.
Reflexology helps us to cope on a physical, mental and emotional level thereby encouraging us to heal and maintain health in all areas of our lives.

A session last generally about one hour and currently costs £35.

The AOR - Association of Reflexologists - online www.aor.org.uk delivers excellence in Reflexology.

The letters MAR after a therapist's name denote their full membership status, demonstrating that they have met the strictest standards of reflexology practice, and that they are committed to continually developing their skills and knowledge, together with agreeing to abide by the Association's Code of Practice and Ethics.

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