Reflexology has origins that can be traced back to 2330 B.C. in ancient Egypt and also in India and China. Reflexology, as we know it today, is attributed to the work of Eunice Ingham, an American Therapist. (Her original work is taught exclusively by the school that she founded, "The International Institute of Reflexology.")
Reflexology is a complementary therapy widely accepted in the UK and recognised by the NHS, many GP’s and hospices. Reflexology works on the principle that there are reflex points in the hands and feet that directly correspond to all organs glands and parts of the body. By applying pressure to the reflex points, nerve endings are unblocked, circulation is improved, the body relaxes and organs and glands become better balanced. Many Doctors agree that a good percentage of our health problems can be linked to nervous stress and tension. Stress will manifest its self in all types of symptoms from headaches to back and joint pain, from digestive problems to hormonal dysfunction and much much more... Reflexology helps re-address the stress!
Although Reflexology is a pleasant and wonderfully relaxing treatment to receive, it is not a just a beauty therapy or a foot massage. It is safe for people of all ages, from babies to the elderly, for pregnant women, people with disabilities and those undergoing most medical treatments.
Nerve Reflexology is generally performed in conjunction with Classic foot reflexology. As we know the Nervous System is responsible for the creation and adaption of pain. Nerve Reflexologists believe that by working Nerve reflex points on the feet that we are giving the body the chance and capability to change nerve transmission and thus break the circle of pain. The body always having the ability to balance itself if given the chance.
Pain manifests itself in many ways, commonly in the muscle skeletal system. When this is also in conjunction with the organs, other problems arise, seemingly unconnected but these and other pain states can have a lot to do with an in-balance in the Nervous System. As Nerve Reflexologist we aim to encourage the body to become more balanced, then pain and its perception should reduce. For more information on Nerve Reflexology and The International Association for Manual Neurotherapy and Nerve Reflexology please visit MNT-NR International. There is a good explanation of pain and how it arises on this site too.