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A reflexology session is a relaxing and luxurious experience. The massage carried out by a reflexologist not only helps to melt away stress but also, it is claimed, addresses a whole range of health problems.

Reflexology originated in China and was brought to the West about a century ago by an American doctor, William H. Fitzgerald. During the 1930s Eunice Ingham perfected and popularised her own version of reflexology - the Ingham Reflex Method of Comrpession Massage, which has been widely used ever since.

According to this form of natural therapy all parts of the body have a reflex point on the feet. By gently manipulating the feet it is said that the vital organs and their functions can be influenced. It is also thought that reflexology can be useful in diagnosing various disorders.

The therapist applies gentle pressure to the reflex points of both feet using thumb and finger. Massage is carried out in a clockwise direction. The client may feel slight discomfort when a point is massaged which relates to an area of ill health. In some cases discomfort is felt at the actual site of the problem. As a general rule it is believed that as pain felt at the reflex point diminishes (after a few treatments) the health problem also goes away.

Reflexology is thought to be very effective for clearing what the discipline regards as blockages. Thus constipation, sinusitis and kidney stones may all benefit from treatment. In general it is felt that reflexology can help to eliminate toxins and build up the body's own healing abilities.

It is often difficult to assess the benefits of alternative therapies especially if conventional medicine is being used at the same time. Healing may come from the feeling of relaxation that foot massage engenders or it may be that reflexology has an underlying scientific truth. It has, after all, been around for much longer than the cold, clinical world of the doctor's surgery. It is probably the case that most people leave a reflexology session feeling happier and better than they did before they went in.