History of Reflexology
The earliest definitive medical reference comes from Ancient Egypt around 2500 BC. Wall carvings discovered in the tomb of renowned doctor Ankhmahor reveals doctors working on their patients' hands and feet.
Japanese practioners of a branch of reflexology called sokushinjutsu believe their therapy was first used in India some 5000 years ago, taken to China by Buddhist monks some time after the 3rd century BC, and on to Japan. Reflexology historians have noticed that traditional paintings of the feet of the Hindu god Vishnu are covered in symbols corresponding with reflex points.
As we know it today, reflexology was developed in the early 20th century by American doctor William Fitzgerald. He worked out a system of pressure points to use for anesthesia. Discovering that these pressure points existed all over the body he developed a system of zones, called zone therapy.
In the 1930's, Eunice Ingham, an American physiotherapist discovered that the most powerful reflex points were located in the feet, eventually she designed the foot maps that are still in use today.
What is Reflexology?
Reflexology, a branch of Alternative Medicine, is a gentle art, compelling science, and an extremely effective form of therapeutic foot massage enabling the body to heal itself. Also referred to as a holistic healing technique- derived from the Greek word holos, meaning "whole", thus aims to treat the client as an individual incorporating body, mind, and spirit.With the object of the whole person in mind, reflexology induces a state of balance and harmony.
When we experience stress, injury, disease or illness our system is forced into a state of imbalance, vital energy pathways are blocked, preventing our bodies from functioning effectively.Reflexology, a complimenatry therapy can be used to restore and maintain the bodys natural balance and promote healing.
The art of foot reflex massage must not be mistaken for simple foot massage or full body massage. It is a specific pressure technique that works on actual reflex points on the feet directly correlated to certain organs or body parts.
Trained sensitive hands can detect tiny deposits along with imbalances in the feet and by working these points, the Reflexologist can release blockages and restore the free flow of energy to the entire body. Tensions are eased, while improving elimination and circulation.
Benefits of Reflexology
Stress related conditions
Since refloxogy treats not just the symptoms of disease, but the whole person. Most people benefit from this type of treatment.