WHAT IS THE HISTORY OF REFLEXOLOGY?
Reflexology has been practised in one form or another for thousands of years around the world. Evidence has been found in countries such as China, Egypt, India and Africa. It was rediscovered in the early 1900's by an American Doctor called William Fitzgerald. He named it Zone Therapy after discovering a system of ten energy zones, similar in principle to meridians as used in Traditional Chinese Medicine. In the following years, an American lady called Eunice Ingham became the main pioneer of Reflexology as we now know it. She was the first person to chart a map of the body onto the feet. In the 1960's a student of Ingham's, Doreen Bayly introduced Reflexolgy to Great Britain.
HOW DOES REFLEXOLGY WORK?
The body has the incredible power to heal itself, so unless permanent damage has been done, it can, with a little help, begin to restore itself to good health. It is based on the concept that each part of the body is connected by ten equal longitudinal energy pathways (zones) which begin in the head and travel down the body ending in reflex points on the hand and feet. All parts of the body are represented on the hands and feet in the same zones as they exist in the body. The reflex points on the feet actually form a small picture of the body, with the arch of the foot representing the spine. The right foot corresponds to the right side of the body and the left foot to the left side, therefore when a treatment is given, the whole body is treated.. By applying pressure to these reflex points the body is stimulated to heal itself. Very often our bodies are in a state aof imbalance due to stress, injury or illness. The energy flow becomes blocked preventing the free flow of energy, therefore preventing the body from functioning effectively. A Reflexologist can detect tiny deposits and imbalances in the feet and by working these areas, helps to release the blockage and allow the body to heal.
WHAT IS THE HISTORY OF INDIAN HEAD MASSAGE?
It is a treatment that has been practised in India for thousands of years as part of a traditional family ritual. In Indian traditions it is believed that massage preserves the body's life force and energy. Babies are often massaged every day and this often continues until they are three years old. It is an important part of the bonding process and as they get a little older they share in family massages. Bride and grooms are often given a pre-wedding massage, as are expectant mothers. It is a skill that is passed on from mother to daughter, and is usually done from infancy right through to old age.
HOW DOES INDIAN HEAD MASSAGE WORK?
The massage increases blood and lymph flow to the head, neck and shoulder areas, therefore relaxing the nerves and muscles, and inflammation is decreased in these areas. The sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system can work together greatly reducing stress, and circulation to the face and scalp improves, aiding skin and hair condition. Oxygen supply to the brain is increased which increases the supply of endorphins (the bodies own natural painkiller). Nutrients are circulated to noursh the tissues and waste and toxins are released.
HOW MANY TREATMENTS WOULD I NEED?
Generally between four and six are advised for either therapy , but this can vary with each case.They are usually at weekly intervals to begin with, progressing to fortnightly, then monthly. Many people come for a top up session every six months if required.
HOW MUCH ARE THE TREATMENTS?
Both therapies cost £20 including a free consultation with the first treatment. A course of four treatments is £70. Gift vouchers are also available.
ARE THERE ANY CONTR-INDICATIONS?
There are some conditions that mean it may not be appropriate to treat. Examples include recent surgery, infections or fever, as we don't want to overload the body. Other conditions may need a Doctor's referral letter before treatment could commence but this would be fully discussed beforehand.
WHERE DO THE TREATMENT'S TAKE PLACE?
Emma has a treatment room in Wistaston, Crewe where she works from generally, but home visits can be arrranged. Daytime, evening and weekend appointments are available.
WHAT WILL I FEEL LIKE AFTERWARDS?
Most people feel very relaxed and either quite sleepy or revitalised! They generally experience a good nights sleep and can have quite vivid dreams. After the first or second session the body can have a 'healing reaction' as the toxins and impurities are eliminated. Symptoms can include lethargy or tearfullness, a feeling of walking on air, needing to visit the loo more often, runny nose, a few spots or a burst of energy! The condition that you wish to heal can sometimes worsen very slighty for a very short period. Whatever the symptom it is a really positive sign as it shows that the body is responding to Reflexology by 'releasing' the illness from the body rather than suppressing it, (as in taking a tablet).