A Reflexology Treatment lasting up to 1 hour at Persephone in Markyate. A consultation is included in the first session. A member of staff will contact you to arrange a suitable appointment time. Please note that sessions are held outside of shop opening hours. Reflexology origins are not known, but it is considered to have been practised around the same time as acupuncture (circa 4000 BC). It was used in Egypt as there is evidence of reflexology on a wall painting in an Egyptian physician's tomb. Present-day reflexology has its roots in zone therapy, discovered by an American physician, Dr Fitzgerald. Later Eunice Ingham, referred to as the Mother of Reflexology, due to her research and dedication, evolved a map of the entire human body on the feet. Reflexology is a simple and effective natural therapy that focuses on the feet. Every part of the body has a reflex point on the foot. During the reflexology treatment the practitioner uses a specialised massage technique to these points. The aim of reflexology is to maintain natural homeostasis or balance, therefore treating the whole body. Reflexology is a complementary therapy and not an alternative to existing medical treatments. Most people have reflexology on a regular basis or as an occasional treatment. The number of sessions will depend on how long the client has had their condition. Generally the practitioner would suggest that they have a minimum of six sessions. Main benefits: Reduces stress and induces deep relaxation. Revitalises energy. Improves mental and emotional balance. What to expect: To make you feel at ease the practitioner will ask you to remove your shoes for comfort and glasses if you wear them. After you have done this you will be asked to lie down on a therapy couch and listen to quiet background music before the session begins. Treatment objectives: An awareness of self-healing, stress relief and relaxation. Note: client confidentiality is observed at all times.