Steeped in mysticism and ancient tradition, reflexology massage has soothed and revitalised tired toes for centuries. Although this treatment stems from such primitive times, reflexology has recently enjoyed a resurgence among people looking to introduce this ancient art into their own relaxation routine.
So can reflexology actually benefit modern-day Londoners with our fast-paced hectic lifestyle and busy schedules?
The main characteristic of non-intrusive reflexology massage therapy is the act of precise pressure applied to specific points – 'reflexes' – on the feet (and sometimes even hands and ears). It is thought that certain areas on the feet directly correspond with areas of the body, and that by manipulating these, the body's state can be altered.
Reflexology, according to one of our most experienced reflexologists at Return to Glory, Aluna Dewji: "…works by stimulating, un-blocking and balancing these points to help the body to heal itself. Reflexology has been known to help with many conditions such as back tension, migraine, insomnia, PMT, hormone imbalances, and digestive and respiratory problems."
Reflexology specialists are sensitive to your particular health issues and will work to tailor a session that treats your symptoms and balances your overall health.
There's been a bit of scepticism in recent decades over whether reflexology actually has any real physical health benefits for long-term health problems.
But, as the treatment becomes more popular and more widely-studied there are more claims of effectiveness coming to light. A recent PhD thesis from the University of Portsmouth has revealed that manually applied reflexology can increase both pain threshold and pain tolerance in healthy volunteer subjects (Samuel, Carol (2011) An investigation into the efficacy of reflexology on acute pain in healthy human subjects. PhD thesis, University of Portsmouth.)
While there have been reports of significant symptom relief and increased pain tolerance as a direct result of reflexology massage therapy, we believe this treatment works best for serious health complaints when paired with support and advice from a medical practitioner – as a complementary therapy.
Return to Glory clients have reported that reflexology massage – especially when combined to include other types of massage therapy – is really useful in alleviating body aches and pains and encourages a feeling of wellbeing and relaxation not achieved with any other therapy.