What is Reflexology?
Reflexology is a complementary health therapy, based on the theory that different points on the feet, hands and face correspond with different areas of the body. For thousands of years, techniques similar to reflexology have been used.
The Chinese believed that applying needles and pressure on different parts of the feet helped to fight different illnesses. This is how Traditional Chinese Medicine developed. In India, acupressure was integral to deep massage, and Ayurveda helped to heal the body from disease. The Incas, an ancient Peruvian civilisation in Latin America, used reflexology to help the body to deal with illnesses.
A technique called “zone therapy” was developed in the early 20th century by an American physician named William Fitzgerald. Dr. Fitzgerald suggested that maps of the foot could be used to diagnose and treat medical conditions. He divided the body into 10 zones and labelled what he believed to be the corresponding parts of the foot. He proposed that gentle pressure on the foot could bring relief to the corresponding zone. In the 1930s, Eunice Ingham, a nurse and physiotherapist, further developed these maps to include specific reflex points and zone therapy has been renamed reflexology. Click here to find out about what reflexology is all about.
I am a member of the Association of Reflexologists (AOR) which was formed in 1984. The purpose of this professional organisation is to provide guidance to reflexologists. In addition it works with external bodies and advisory groups to promote a high standard within the profession of reflexology. The Association of Reflexologists is also a member of RiEN, the reflexology Forum and the CNHC. It also has representation at the Parliamentary Group for Integrated and Complimentary Healthcare (PGICH). Members of the Association of Reflexologist are regular invited to talk about reflexology to the press. Please see click here to see a video of Tracey Smith, the Reflexology and Research Manager of the AOR talking to Martyn Lewis.
Statistics indicate that one in six couples face issues when trying for a baby and these numbers are increasing. The reason for this is often due to the frustration woman find themselves in of not been giving the specific cause of the infertility. They are often told it is unexplained fertility and they should relax. Many woman have found that the ancient art of reflexology can make a difference and help reduce their stress. Many woman believe that regular treatments helped them become pregnant. I have trained with Barbara Scott who is the founder of Seren Natural Fertility and the author of the best selling book Reflexology for Fertility. This training involves certain protocols that can be used alongside natural conception as well as assisted reproduction such as IVF, ICSI and ICU.
Reflexology has the effect of enhancing fertility by improving blood circulation throughout the body, and encouraging the elimination of toxins. By applying pressure on different points on the feet (such as the ovary reflex and fallopian tube reflex and uterus reflex), therapists claim that they can unblock energy pathways in the body, helping to regain the body’s natural balance and heal itself. Balancing the endocrine system through the feet can have a positive effect on balancing hormone levels and regulating menstrual cycles.
I am also a member of the Association of Reproductive Reflexologists. This association was launched in 2011 with the aim to promote the best practice within fertility reflexology. One of the objectives of the association is to conduct clinical research within the area of the effectiveness of reflexology with infertility issues.
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