The art of reflexology dates back to ancient Egypt, India and China. The Chinese have used pressure point techniques for even longer even though these have been incorporated into full body treatments known as acupuncture and shiatsu. An American named Dr William Fitzgerald developed zone therapy in 1913. He noted that reflex areas on the feet and hands were linked to other areas and organs of the body within the same zone. In the 1930’s Eunice Ingham further developed this zone theory into what is now known as reflexology. She observed that congestion or tension in any part of the foot is mirrored in the corresponding part of the body.
What is it?
Reflexology is a holistic treatment that works on the feet and hands to balance the whole body. It includes both massage and pressure point techniques to have an effect on the energy pathways or reflex zones of the body. Reflexology calms the nervous system, circulation improves and all the cells are oxygenated; all the systems of the body function in a more efficient and cohesive way, cleansing the body through the lymphatic, excretory and integumentary (skin, nail, hair, sweat and sebaceous glands) systems of toxins. The immune system is strengthened and the body revitalised by opening up the energy pathways. The feet are a microcosm of the whole body laid out in the same arrangement. All body parts, glands and organs are reprinted in this order. Reflexology is a fascinating and highly beneficial therapy.
What can Reflexology help?
- Stress and anxiety