Ssaplam Therapies: Reflexology

Reflexology is said to date back to Ancient Egypt, and may have been used in China some 5000 years ago. In 1913, Dr William Fitzgerald, an American Ear, Nose and Throat specialist, introduced this therapy to the West as ‘zone therapy’. He noted that reflex areas on the feet and hands were linked to other areas and organs of the body within the same zone.

In the 1930s, Eunice Ingham, an American physiotherapist, developed this zone theory into what is now known as reflexology. She observed that congestion or tension in any part of the foot is mirrored in the corresponding part of the body, which could be treated by pressing certain areas of the foot. She coined the term “reflexology” and mapped the appropriate reflex points on the feet and hands. One of her pupils, Doreen Bayly, introduced reflexology to the UK in the 1960s, and its popularity has soared since then.

Reflexology is a Holistic Complementary therapy, which works on the feet to help heal the whole person, not just the prevailing symptoms. It does not claim to cure, diagnose or prescribe. It is a simple, non-invasive method of realigning the body’s functions when the delicate balance is distrurbed by injury, disease or the stresses of everyday life.

The benefits provided by Reflexology are:-

It is said to help reduce stress — stress cannot be avoided, we live with it all the time. However, if stress becomes a problem and the body’s defence system cannot cope, we become prone to all kinds of illnesses and disease. Stress is a key factor to many illnesses. Reflexology can help to reduce stress and generate deep, tranquil relaxation. During a treatment some people may fall asleep, others talk, and yet others just prefer to lie back, close their eyes and enjoy the treatment.

It is said to help improve circulation. Obviously is it important for blood to flow freely throughout the body to carry oxygen and nutrients throughout the tissues and cells. Stress and tension tightens up the system and restricts blood flow and so the tissues and cells do not receive vital nutrients. By reducing the stress and tension, Reflexology helps stimulate the blood flow naturally and easily.

It is said to help rid the body of toxins, wastes and impurities which could block the system when we are under stress. It does this by stimulating the lymphatic and excretory systems which help cleanse the body more efficiently.

It is said to help to balance the body systems by stimulating an under-active area and calming an overactive area. However, it has no adverse affects upon those areas which are functioning correctly. It is said to revitalise energy by opening up pathways and removing blockages which cause us to have a lack of energy and leave us feeling lethargic, drained and fatigued.

Reflexology seems to help boost the immune system, keeping the body more balanced, and helping to prevent us from catching so many colds, viruses and diseases.

In helping to balance the hormones of the endocrine system we have found it may aid fertility; and also help with pre-menopausal symptoms.

The cost of a reflexology treatment, lasting approximately 45 minutes, is just £30.00. It is usually recommended that initially a course of 6 treatments would be beneficial; at weekly or fortnightly intervals. Following the benefits you should notice from initial six treatments, it may then be that you wish to spread out the treatments to as and when required. A course of six treatments, paid for in advance, would cost just £150.00, an obvious saving of £30.00 on a course of six treatments.


If you value your health and think that we may be able to help you, do not delay; please contact us today.

Paul Malpass IIHHT MICHT VAI & Dip Hyp

Tel: 01922 446312 or 07745 232489