Re­flex­ol­ogy is 4,000 years old. What it is and how does it help?

Enniscorthy Guardian - - NEWS -

RE­FLEX­OL­OGY is known to be more than 4,000 years old and thought to orig­i­nate in Egypt. The Chi­nese also used it in con­junc­tion with Acupunc­ture.

An Amer­i­can ear, nose and throat spe­cial­ist, Dr William Fitzger­ald, re­searched re­flex­ol­ogy while work­ing in Lon­don and Vi­enna in the early 19th cen­tury and on his re­turn to Amer­ica he brought his find­ings on the ben­e­fits to the at­ten­tion of col­leagues and wider au­di­ences. One of these was a phys­io­ther­a­pist,

Eu­nice Ing­ham, pic­tured right, be­came fas­ci­nated by the po­ten­tial ben­e­fits and de­cided to train as a re­flex­ol­o­gist. She then re­signed from her po­si­tion within the hospi­tal to set up a re­flex­ol­o­gist’s prac­tice in the 1930s. News of her suc­cess spread and peo­ple from all over Amer­ica came to her for treat­ments.

She wrote books and opened a school specif­i­cally to train re­flex­ol­o­gists. She ded­i­cated 40 years of her life to the prac­tice and teach­ing of re­flex­ol­ogy.

The many ben­e­fits re­flex­ol­ogy helps with range from anx­i­ety, stom­ach prob­lems, de­pres­sion, bring­ing calm­ness to the mind, and many other health prob­lems. It does not cure any­thing but by ma­nip­u­lat­ing the pres­sure points that are all over the feet, it gen­tly stim­u­lates all the sys­tems and or­gans of the body which brings a sense of to­tal re­lax­ation to both phys­i­cal and emo­tional ail­ments.

Can­cer care re­flex­ol­ogy is slightly dif­fer­ent as it is a much gen­tler treat­ment and hav­ing worked in the Hope Cen­tre for the past two and a half years the feed­back I get con­stantly from clients that are go­ing through can­cer or their sup­port­ers is amaz­ing – they sleep bet­ter, feel less anx­ious and more re­laxed in them­selves. They very much look for­ward to their next ap­point­ment as they feel that it is a happy wel­com­ing dis­trac­tion from their sched­ule of hospi­tal or doc­tor ap­point­ments.

They find it also helps them to cope with the stress chemo­ther­apy and ra­dio­ther­apy treat­ment can bring.

Re­flex­ol­ogy is a treat­ment that just has to be ex­pe­ri­enced as ev­ery body has a dif­fer­ent ex­pe­ri­ence. We are all in­di­vid­u­als, with our own in­di­vid­ual health con­cerns, whether it’s on a phys­i­cal, men­tal or an emo­tional level.

In the Hope Cen­tre we start off with 8 treat­ments and sched­ule ap­point­ments around hospi­tal ap­point­ments, so that you can en­joy your treat­ment and its ben­e­fits when you re­ally need it.

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion or to ar­range an ap­point­ment, please con­tact the Hope Cen­tre in En­nis­cor­thy.

(Thanks to re­flex­ol­o­gist Cather­ine Breen)

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