reflexology is a simple, non-invasive method to help balance the body. It has
been described as a natural therapy that requires the application of a specific
type of pressure on particular areas of the feet. It is based on the principle
that there are reflexes in the feet which correspond
to every part of the body. Reflexology serves to relax, improve circulation and
promote a general feeling of wellness.
History of Reflexology
has been practiced for thousands of years in such places as China, Egypt, and
India. In North America, it was Dr. William Fitzgerald, an ear, nose and throat
specialist, who first introduced 'zone therapy' around the early 1900s. His ideas were advanced by Eunice Ingham, a physiotherapist, who
developed techniques and a body map of the foot, which later became known as
reflexology. Today, reflexology is increasingly becoming a popular form
of natural therapy as it provides numerous benefits, particularly one of
How Reflexology Works
reflexology quite simply refers to the reflexes that have been mapped out in
the foot. There are many different foot reflexology charts that show where the
reflexes are for every part of the body. Reflexology is different than massage.
It is thought that reflexology works through nerve endings whereas massage is
applied to the muscles and soft tissue of the body. The actual technique is
quite unique as it is meant to affect the reflex and not just the surface of
the skin. A treatment should not be painful, though there may be uncomfortable
or tender areas if your body is highly stressed. The more one applies pressure
to those areas, the less tender they will become.
and stress management can aid in the relief of aches, pains and tension can aid
digestive and elimination difficulties can help improve sleep patterns can
increase mental and physical well being.
past, Reflexologists could only rely on anecdotal evidence to support their
claims of the numerous benefits of this technique. Today, there are many
associations and organizations promoting and supporting the work of
Reflexologists from around the world. There is also an
International Council of Reflexologists which has produced a Research
Analysis Document that contains over 300 reflexology research studies, mainly
from such places as China, Denmark, and the United Kingdom. Even in North
America, a study has been published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. Some of the research studies examined the
effects of reflexology upon certain health conditions such as: asthma, back
pain, cancer, chest pain, childbirth, PMS, heart disease, constipation, gout,
migraine, headaches, multiple sclerosis, and nervous exhaustion.