How Reflexology can help you and your clients.

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Hello, my name is Karen and I have been practising Reflexology in Perth for almost 12 years. I originally came from Scotland having worked in IT for many years and realised how stressed people were working in a Corporate environment.  

I had previously had plantar fasciitis and found reflexology & podiatry very beneficial in helping me recover.

This led me to train as a Reflexologist in 2007, as I realised it was time for me to embark on a career change. I have since completed further training over the years which I will explain over the following blogs.  

So how did I come to start writing this blog?

I met Ruth King from ACM’s Education unit on a flight to Adelaide  as I was presenting at  the National Reflexology  Association of Australia’s (RAoA) conference in October.  Ruth was returning home from a conference in Perth and asked me if I would be interested in writing about Reflexology, and of course I said yes!

What is Reflexology?

Evidence has shown that it was first practised by the early Egyptian, Indian, Native American and Chinese settlers. Therefore Reflexology, is no ‘New Age’ therapy, but is a form of healing that has been known to man throughout the world for thousands of years.

The earliest recorded example of what we know today as Reflexology, was found in an Egyptian pictograph found in the tomb of a physician named Ankmahor at Saqqara dating back to 2330 BC.  It is known as ‘The Physician’s tomb’ and the translation reads ‘Don’t hurt me’, the reply is ‘I shall act so you praise me’. 

In the late 19th Century if it had not been for the enquiring minds of Dr William Fitzgerald and Eunice Ingham the modern understanding of reflexology may never have happened.
Dr William Fitzgerald, an American Ear, Nose and Throat specialist late 19th Century was the founder of Zone Therapy. He discovered the anaesthetic effects of pressure points on the skin around the nose and other points on the mucosa of the nose, mouth and throat. 

Fitzgerald observed that direct pressure on certain parts of the body could produce an anaesthetic effect on a corresponding part of the body particularly when it was in a direct line running vertically from head to toe. By dividing the body into 10 vertical zones ending in the 5 fingers and 5 toes on either side of the body, he was able to predict other parts of the body which could be affected.  He concluded that pressure on any one part of a zone could affect areas contained in that same zone. For example, the hip, knee and shoulder are all in zone 5 whilst the Spine is in zone 1.

His book ‘Zone Therapy or Relieving Pain at Home’ makes fascinating reading.


Eunice Ingham

Eunice Ingham (1889 -1974) is known as the Mother of Reflexology.

She developed the Zone Therapy findings from Fitzgerald further, and had the opportunity to treat hundreds of patients. She was able to determine that the reflexes on the feet were an exact mirror image of the organs of the body. In 1938 Dr. Riley encouraged her to write her first book entitled ‘Stories the Feet Can Tell’ where she documented her cases and carefully mapped out the reflexes on the feet as we know them today. Most western cultures follow the Ingham Method of Reflexology.

In later years her nephew Dwight Byers continued spreading the word through teaching seminars and wrote the book Better Health with Foot Reflexology.

How does Reflexology work?      

Reflexology can be performed on the feet, hands, face or ears often giving a deep sense of relaxation & reducing the many symptoms of   stress in the body, mind & spirit.  A reflexologist will work specific areas on their client’s feet which can help to balance the energy flow to those corresponding areas in the body. 

Following illness, stress, injury or disease, the body is in a state of ‘imbalance’ and vital energy pathways become congested, therefore the body is unable to function at optimum levels.  Reflexology can help release congestion and restore the free flow of energy to the whole body, thus encouraging normalisation of bodily functions and its capacity for self-healing.  Reflexology works on the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual levels of the body.

Reflexology is a holistic, simple and safe non-invasive therapy which complements other modalities and orthodox medicine.  It is suitable for all ages from new born babies through to the elderly. Reflexology treats the whole person as opposed to the prevailing symptoms.

What can you do to help create balance in your life:

Self- Help Tip 1:   Help your tired feet!

  • Fill a bowl with warm water;
  • Add some essential oils such as a few drops of lavender; 
  • Add marbles into the base of the bowl; and
  • Let your feet relax for 5- 10 minutes and feel the stress reduce from your feet.

Self Help Tip 2:  Feel you need more clarity?

  • The tip of your big toe or thumb relates to the brain area.
  • Rotate around the tip of your thumb and feel the tension release.
  • It can also help with sleep issues.  

Karen is offering a fabulous discount for midwives.

  • Offer: 10% discount
  • Eligibility: any midwife that reads the Reflexology blog
  • Booking: Use the code "ACM" when you email or call Karen to find out more.  

Phone: 0420387752

Future Blogs – 
1.    How to get in to Reflexology.
2.    How Reflexology can help fertility issues
3.    How Reflexology can help   maternity issues
4.    How Reflexology can help pre-& post-menopausal issues