Reflexology is an ancient therapy which can be traced backed at least 5000 years and probably springs from the same Chinese roots as acupuncture. It works on the principle that all body parts have related reflex points on the feet, hands, face and ears. When pressure is applied to these parts, the corresponding organ or body part is encouraged to function more efficiently.
Conventionally, reflexology is received in a reclined position, with the feet up and the therapist works mainly on the soles of the feet.
Reflexology is deeply relaxing, encourages healing and relieves symptoms caused or made worse by stress. Following illness, trauma, injury or disease, the body is in a state of ‘imbalance’ and vital energy pathways are blocked, preventing it from functioning effectively.
Reflexology can help to restore and maintain natural equilibrium, encouraging the body to heal at its own pace.
VRT (Vertical Reflex Therapy)
VRT is a highly effective reflexology technique, discovered and developed by reflexologist Lynne Booth since 1998. VRT focuses on working on the reflexes on the top of the foot rather than the conventional reflexes on the sole. The client receives about 5 minutes of treatment whilst standing and the remainder of the treatment reclined when the usual reflex points are worked. It has been suggested that VRT can reach deeper, possibly new reflexes allowing homeostasis or balance to be achieved in a shorter time.
Lynne Booth has developed VRT for hands and Pat can teach clients self help techniques for the hands.
Reflexology can play a supportive role before, during and after pregnancy.
Precision reflexology uses a gentle touch and involves the technique of linking two reflexes in order to bring about balance and harmony.