What is Reflexology? Reflexology in Colchester
Lizzie Potter Therapy offers Facial and Foot Reflexology (and Zone Face Lift which incorporates Facial Reflexology) in Colchester. Reflexology is a complementary therapy that is non-intrusive and gentle. It works on the theory that different areas of your face, feet or hands mirror a part of your body. So for example, on your hands your little finger corresponds to your shoulder.
Reflexologists work holistically to promote a better physical and emotional health. Therefore, I look at the ‘whole picture’ of you, rather than just the symptoms or illness you are experiencing.
What happens during a treatment?
A full medical history will be requested before your first session, and you will be asked to sign a consent form for treatment. This information will be kept confidential.
Reflexology is a very easy therapy to receive because all you have to do is relax! If you are having foot reflexology you will need to take your socks and shoes off. A treatment consists of you laying down in my comfortable reclining chair, or in a seated position.
If you’re having foot reflexology, I will then use my hands to apply pressure to the feet and lower legs or hands.
If you’re having facial reflexology I will apply gentle pressure to your face using my hands and tools such as rose quartz.
I use a variety of techniques including a relaxing massage and applying fluctuating gentle pressure with my thumb or fingers. You may feel areas of transient or very mild discomfort during the treatment. If an area feels tender please do say, but generally the experience should be very relaxing.
How will I feel during and after Reflexology?
Most people feel extremely relaxed and a lot less stressed than before the treatment. It’s not unusual to feel like you are drifting off into the land of nod while having Reflexology. Whereas other people feel like they want to have a good chat, or to get things off their chest (although if you’re having facial reflexology it is recommended you don’t speak just in case I accidentally poke you in the mouth). Even the people who have chatted throughout the session still say they feel really relaxed, and often tell me the next day how well they slept after reflexology.
However, I can’t say for sure how you will feel because everyone is different, and even the same person can feel different in and after each session.
Anna and Fiona share their experience of Reflexology with me:
I was feeling anxious as I made an appointment with Lizzie as I have a feet phobia. Years ago, I’d had a reflexology session done at a salon near me, and hadn’t enjoyed it at all and couldn’t wait for it to finish! I was feeling low and hadn’t been sleeping well so my anxiety was quite high on my first visit but I needn’t have worried. Lizzie targeted my problems, and I found the whole session and every session after, very relaxing and soothing. I enjoy every minute. Lizzie is definitely worth a visit. She is well informed, very professional and a great listener!
I have had reflexology a lot now with Lizzie and it never fails to completely relax me and take all the stress away – it’s always interesting as well to hear what she has felt going on in my body.
She made me feel relaxed even before she got to work on my feet – will be visiting Lizzie again without hesitation!
History of Foot Reflexology (before it got to Colchester!)
There is evidence that ancient Egyptians had physicians who worked their feet and hands. This image was found in the tomb of Ankhamahor at Saqqara (also known as the Physicians Tomb). The tomb dates back to 2330BC! There are depictions within the tomb of the medical reliefs and beliefs that the massage of feet and hands can bring. There are also depictions of how massages can give strength and do not cause pain.
The ancient Chinese also worked on the hands and feet to maintain good health. The ancient Chinese developed traditional Chinese medicine which is well used today. In traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) they have a theory that a person’s energy or ‘life force’ is running through 14 meridians (or channels) in the body and twelve of these meridians start or end in the tips of toes or fingers. In TCM, it is recommended that massage is used to stimulate the flow of energy in these meridians.
For over 5000 years, in India, Ayurvedic medicine has also been working on hands and feet to promote healing. Foot massage has a big role in Ayurvedic medicine, which encompasses physical, emotional and spiritual wellbeing.
The Modern Roots of Reflexology
Whilst the art of reflexology dates back to Ancient Egypt, India and China, this therapy was not introduced to the West until in 1913. This is when an ENT Doctor called Dr William Fitzgerald researched and developed ‘Zone therapy’. He believed that reflex areas on the feet and hands were linked to other areas and organs of the body within the same zone. The Facial Reflexology I offer is also based on Dr Fitzgerald’s Zone Therapy.
In the 1930’s, Eunice Ingham further developed Dr Fitzgerald’s zone theory. Eunice is known as the ‘Mother of [Foot] Reflexology’. This is because she was the first person to start mapping the feet. Eunice took Dr Fitzgerald’s theory and turned it into what is known as reflexology today. In her opinion, congestion or tension in any part of the foot is mirrored in the corresponding part of the body.