November 20, 2017
Phone:- 519-580-9522whisperingwillows@sympatico.ca

Reflexology

As you recline, remaining fully clothed except for your feet, your feet are wrapped in towels to As you recline, remaining fully clothed except for your feet, your feet are wrapped in towels to sooth and soften them. Each reflex point on both feet is stimulated as the body is considered to be a whole unit. The pressure applied varies with each person.


Cost:

$50.00 plus HST


Book an appointment:

Reflexology treatments are available by appointment during the following times:
Mon. 9 a.m.- 5 p.m.
Tues.-Fri. 8- 9 a.m. and after 5:30 p.m.

Please call, 519-747-4777 or email, whisperingwillows@sympatico.ca to book an appointment.

Benefits of reflexology:

The benefits of reflexology are: relaxation, release of tension, improved circulation, and promotion of the body's self-normalization process.

Release of Tension
Stress can’t be avoided. We live with stress everyday, in our work, family life and day-to-day activities. Stress becomes a problem when we fail to manage it well. When this happens, the body’s defenses breakdown and you become more susceptible to illness. Reflexology reduces stress by generating deep tranquil relaxation.

Improves Circulation
We all know how important it is for blood to flow freely through the body carrying oxygen and nutrients to all the cells in the body and removing waste products and toxins. Stress and tension tighten up the cardiovascular system and restrict blood flow. Circulation becomes sluggish. By reducing stress and tension, Reflexology allows the cardiovascular vessels to conduct the flow of blood naturally and easily.


History of Reflexology:

Throughout history various cultures have utilized the feet as a means of affecting the body and it’s health.  Evidence of the practice of reflexology in ancient culture was the discovery of a wall painting that is dated about 2330 B.C. It was found in the tomb of Ankhmahor (highest official after the Pharaoh) at Saqqara.  Examples in variations of the practice of reflexology existed in all of the ancient healing cultures and have been found historically in Tibet, India, and China. 

Dr. William H. Fitzgerald advanced and developed the initial practice of reflexology that is known in our contemporary Western society.  Although, it was two European physicians, Dr. Adamus and Dr. A'tatis  that published one of the earliest books on reflexology in 1582. Dr. Fitzgerald graduated from the University of Vermont in 1895.  He practiced medicine in Boston, Central London, and in a clinic in Vienna.

It is unknown how Dr. Fitzgerald originated his research but in 1913 he brought his initial findings to the attention of the medical profession.  He had discovered that pressure, when applied to certain points on the body could relieve pain and improve the functions of certain organs of the body. Dr. Fitzgerald developed a new system of ten zones running from the top of the head to the tips of the toes and hands. Dr. Edwin Bowers, medical critic and writer, investigated Dr. Fitzgerald's claims, appeased his skepticism, and jointly authored with Dr. Fitzgerald the book "Zone Therapy" - the name by which reflexology was known until the early 1960's.

Eunice Ingham, who was a physical therapist, was devoted to and promoted Zone Therapy. She traveled around North American cities annually teaching about Zone Therapy.  She published charts and two books: "Stories The Feet Can Tell" (1938) and "Stories The Feet Have Told" (1951), and established the "National Institute of Reflexology". It is from her teachings, still today that many authors of books and teachers of foot reflexology have acquired their basic knowledge. 

Legal questions were raised about the practice of medicine without a license. Ms. Ingham's book of 1945 ascribed the workings of reflexology to the nervous system. The revised work published in 1954, deleted any such mention. In 1961 the profession of physiotherapists objected to the word "Therapy" in the name "Zone Therapy". Hence, the name 'reflexology' was adopted.   The term reflexology itself was considered illegal until a legal battle over the publication of Mildred Carter's book, Helping Yourself with Foot Reflexology in 1970.  The publisher's attorneys successfully defended the publication of the book Subsequently the word could be used to describe one's practice; it was also used in the titles of books.

Today, reflexology has been integrated into the mainstream of health care in several countries.  It is quickly being embraced for its provision of enhanced health, profound relaxation and pleasure, coupled with its inherent simplicity and harmless nature. 


Sources:

Understanding the Science and Art of Reflexology, Kevin and Barbara Kunz, Alternative and Complementary Therapies, April/ May 1995, p.183-186

The Complete Guide to Foot Reflexology (Third Edition), Barbara and Kevin Kunz 2005 p. 7-8