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REFLEXOLOGY - CORK CITY
Reflexology is a gentle therapy that encourages the body to work naturally to restore its own Healthy Balance
What is reflexology?
Reflexology has been around for over 4000 years, originally practised by the ancient Egyptians and Chinese. It was first recognised in the Western world in 1913 when Dr William Fitzgerald noticed that pressure on specific parts of the body could have an anaesthetising effect on corresponding areas in the body. This was further developed in the 1930s by a Physiotherapist, Eunice Ingham, who defined reflexology as it is practised today.
Reflexology is the technique of applying gentle pressure to the reflexes (pressure points) on the feet or hands to clear the vital energy pathways that can become blocked due to the stresses and strains of modern day life. The hands and feet are like mirror images of the body, with various points on the feet representing different structures and organs in the body.
A treatment involves the therapist applying gentle yet firm pressure to these points along with stretching and massage release blockages and break up patterns of stress, restoring balance and relieving tension. Reflexology treatments can also improve a patient’s circulation and elimination - two very important factors in maintaining good health and well-being.
Conditions that can benefit from reflexology treatment include:
The Association of Reflexologists says, "Nearly everyone can benefit from having reflexology during pregnancy."
"During labour itself, it can be used for relaxation and pain relief and research has shown that women who have regular reflexology treatments during pregnancy have far shorter labours than those who don't.". Other benefits include: