Reflexology is the practice of manipulating reflex areas on the hands and feet to stimulate and relax the rest of the body. Reflexology supports the premise of a relationship between areas of the hands and feet to other parts of the body, results have indicated that manipulation of one part of the body definitely affects other parts and functions. These reflex areas correspond to each gland, organ and part of the body.

Around the turn of the century, Dr. William Fitzgerald began using a theory of energy pathways to develop a method called Zone Therapy. Various rubber bands, clamps and other appliances were used on the hands and feet to numb out areas and could be used for anesthesia and pain control in his medical practice, it gained some popularity with doctors but was still resisted in the medical community as science was unable to show why it worked. Eunice Ingham became interested in zone therapy and took it further in the early 1930’s, probing the feet and recording relations to tender areas and reactions to the body with treatment. Over time she was able to map out the zones of the feet in relation to all other areas in the body. She called the technique Reflexology in the book Stories The Feet Can Tell, teaching it until she was 80. Her map of the reflexes of the foot is still the standard to which few variations have been made.

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History of Reflexology

Reflexology dates back much further than this, as early as 2500 B.C. Chinese, Japanese, Russians, Egyptians and Indians show depictions of working on the feet for good health. In all these cultures the similarities of key areas on the feet are remarkable and show civilizations have been recognizing the relationship of these areas since before recorded history. It has been postulated that the very lifestyles of ancient cultures, being bare foot and walking over rocky areas, stimulated reflex areas without even realizing it.

Benefits of Reflexology

  • Relaxation of stress and tension
  • Helps rid the body of Toxins
  • Increases Circulation
  • Improves Nerve supply
  • Boosts the bodies ability to Balance itself (homeostasis)
  • Revitalizing organs and glands to increase available energy
  • Very effective preventive health care
  • Provides a non-invasive therapy for chronic or acute conditions that may be contraindicated for other treatment

Reflexology is primarily a relaxation technique, and while research clearly indicates that Reflexology benefits patients health in both chronic and other ailments, it is not a substitute for medical treatment, and should be considered as complementary to any type of medical treatment. Extensive research on reflexology has validated the effectiveness of Reflexology.