The ancient art of Reflexology originates from the Orient and the Middle East. It dates back almost 5000 years and is still practiced today in the Western world. Although we remain uncertain about the true origin of this powerful therapy, it is sufficient to say that it has stood the test of time and has helped thousands of people to better health. Many people report the benefits and effectiveness of the treatment, which has lead to widespread research into the field of reflexology. During the 16th Century a number of books were published on zone therapy (reflexology) but the re-discovery of some form of systemised foot treatment is accredited to Dr. William Fitzgerald who called it Zone Therapy and drew it to the attention of the medical world between 1915 and 1917.
Modern reflexology was developed in America in the early 1900s by medical doctors. The techniques that forms the basis for todays practitioners was pioneered and developed in by physiotherapist Eunice Ingham (1889 – 1974) who extended the work of Dr Fitzgerald and painstakingly mapped the feet with all the corresponding organs and glands of the body.
Yes. A certified reflexologist has the knowledge and skills to work with people of all ages, from newborn babies to the elderly, including the provision of professional reflexology during pregnancy and palliative care.
Reflexology can be extremely relaxing, however if there is a part of the body that is unbalanced, the corresponding reflex point may feel sore or tender while the practitioner works to rebalance the area. If at any time you find the treatment painful, please tell therapist, as it is important that he works within your comfort-zone.
No. The way in which a professional and therapeutic reflexologist works the feet is with a firm pressure which is not at all ticklish.
No. Currently in Canada, there is no regulation of reflexologists. This means that the standard of work varies considerably. We recommend that you choose a practitioner who holds the letters RCRT (Registered Certified Reflexology Therapist). This means that they have graduated from a homologated course from a registered teacher of Reflexology and are a Member of the Reflexology Association of Canada. RCRT members will have met strict entry criteria and will be insured. They will also be committed to regular post-graduate training to keep their skills up to date
Reflexology specialist Louise Groulx (RCRT) holds a bachelor’s degree in health sciences/nursing and as such benefits from comprehensive knowledge of the human anatomy, biology and practical experience in the professional health field. She is also a qualified teacher of reflexology certified by the Reflexology Association of Canada. Beyond her RCRT credentials, Louise is a natural caregiver with a passion to help others with their health and wellness challenges or goals.
Many reflexologists believe that optimal results can be achieved without the use firm pressure. However considering that individual tolerances vary greatly, some people prefer firm pressure and find more benefits from this application. If deep work or gentle work matters to you please mention it to your therapist.
Reflexology is sometimes reimbursed under employee flexible healthcare plans, but it is important to contact employers or the insurance office to make sure. Réflexe Santé will issue you a receipt for the services received.