If you haven’t discovered the benefits of reflexology, you’re missing.
- 45 min45 minutes
- 50 British pounds£50
- 33 Chalton Street
Ready for a micro history lesson? Reflexology is based on ancient Chinese and Egyptian hand and foot therapy, dating as far back as 4000 B.C. Fast forward to the 20th century, when Eunice Ingham, a celebrated physiotherapist, created a series of reflexology techniques that helped thousands of people. WHAT TO EXPECT? Today, reflexology is an effective way of improving mental and physical wellbeing. Each session usually lasts just under an hour and the process couldn’t be easier. Set in your choice of welcoming salon or spa, you'll start your treatment by filling out a quick form. To get the most out of the experience, be sure to note down any problem areas or aches and pains you’ve had lately. You’ll then head to a private room where the centrepiece is a treatment bed or reclining chair. Remove your shoes and get ready for your reflexology treatment to begin. The initial aim is to search for any signs of imbalance. Your therapist will gently apply pressure to key points on your feet or your hands with their thumb. Reflexologists believe that certain points on the soles of your feet are connected to your organs, glands and energy pathways. Sounds intriguing, right? GOOD TO KNOW By applying healing energy to specific areas on your feet - known as reflexes - reflexology sends signals through the body which, in turn, release positive chemicals, like endorphins. The result? Reduced stress and pain. The treatment is also said to decrease toxins and increase blood supply, easing tension and inflammation. And with thousands of nerves in each foot alone, it’s a real skill to know exactly where to touch! Therapists use reflexology maps, which enable them to see which specific part of the foot relates to different areas of the body’s nervous system. Take your toes for example, that correspond directly to your head. Or your lower back and intestines, and their link to your heel. That’s why the goal is to relax not just your feet, but your entire body from tip to toe.
33 Chalton Street, London NW1 1JD, UK