Reflexology is a non-intrusive holistic therapy, based on the theory that different points on the feet and lower leg (and even sometimes the hands and ears) correspond with different areas of the body.

By applying very light pressure to these areas, there can be a beneficial effect on the health and wellbeing of the person being treated. The principle that congestion in any part of the foot is mirrored in a corresponding part of the body allows the therapist to treat someone without them even needing to get undressed.

Reflexology allows the therapist to work on the client's wellbeing from the inside out, stimulating the nervous system to release both physical and psychological tension.

Whilst it has become increasingly popular over the last 30 years, many believe that its origins go back a lot further than making it by no means a modern phenomena.

There is evidence of some kind of foot and hand therapy being practised in China as long ago as 4,000 B.C. and there is also a suggestion that a form of reflexology was being used in Ancient Egypt, thought to have been passed down through an oral tradition, and possibly first recorded as a pictograph on the Egyptian tomb of Ankhamor 2330 B.C.

Reflexology can be helpful in assisting the treatment of a variety of complaints including poor circulation, stress-related illness, anxiety, respiratory problems, general aches and pains, premenstrual symptoms, IBS, endocrine issues and fertility concerns along with many others.

Ling Lin, one of our Mill Hill holistic therapists has been carrying out reflexology treatments at the club for many years and feels that it is an effective and very relaxing therapy which reduces tension, brings a feeling of heightened well-being, enhances circulation and improves sleep patterns.

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