Claudine Russell MAR Complementary & Holistic Therapies in Havant

Reflexology. Foot map

The History of Reflexology
The idea of stimulating the body's own healing energy by using pressure points on the feet has been known to different cultures around the world throughout history. Earliest traces have been found over 5,000 years ago in China, Japan, Egypt and among Indian tribes. Eventually spreading to Europe it was used in the Middle Ages by both peasants and the aristocracy. Reflexology was then rediscovered in the late 1890's by Dr William Fitzgerald and introduced into the United States, arriving in Britain in the 1960's.

What is Reflexology?
Reflexology is a popular and relaxing complementary therapy based on the principle that reflex points on the feet correspond to areas throughout the body. Reflexologists work on the reflex points with their thumbs and fingers using specialised massage techniques said to help correct imbalances throughout the body and help release blocked energy.

Benefits of Reflexology can include:
- Reduced stress
- Feelings of deep relaxation
- Increased energy levels
- The release of endorphin's, the bodys feel good hormones (which can also provide pain relief)
- Improved circulation
- More efficient removals of impurities and toxins
- A sense that the whole body is better balanced, or in harmony

Come and visit Top2Toe Therapies to try for yourself! Based in Havant and easily accessinble from Portsmouth, Chichester and Petersfield.

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