Elise Unger Reflexology

About Reflexology

Reflexology is a non-intrusive complementary therapy based on the theory that different points on the feet and hands correspond to organs, structures and areas of the body. Working these points by applying pressure can aid relaxation, help with sleep and promote a sense of well-being. Reflexology can be used on just about anyone, from young children with teething problems to elderly clients with dementia.

Our often stressful everyday lives can mean that we need to take action to redress the detrimental effects stress can have on our lives and the ways it manifests in physical symptoms such as insomnia, anxiety, IBS, PMT and general aches and pains. This can also be a great, non-invasive supporting therapy to use alongside conventional medical treatment when other physical therapies may not be practical to use. 

History of Reflexology

Reflexology as a therapy has its origins in ancient Egyptian, Chinese and Indian cultures. The first evidence of healing the body by massaging the hands and feet dates back to around 2330 B.C, depicted in relief on the walls of a tomb at Saqqara. Reflexology was revived in more recent times by Dr William Fitzgerald (1872-1942) an American surgeon, in the form of zone therapy. He divided the body into ten theoretical zones and found he could alleviate pain in one area of the zone by applying deep pressure to another area of the zone (usually in the hands). He went on to perform minor surgery without the use of anaesthetics using this technique. Eunice Ingham, an American therapist working with some of the physicians of the time took Fitzgerald's theory of zone therapy and developed reflexology as we know it today, mapping the structures and organs of the body onto the feet.