Early root of Reflexology is discovered in different places such as:
- Egypt: The painting taken from a physician’s tomb, Ankhmahor, depicts what is believed to be early foot and hand reflexology (2330 BC).
- China: The concept of reflexology has been traced as an ancient and traditional medicine which claims to exist around 5000 years ago.
- America: The Inca civilization may have used this form of therapy and passed on the practice of this treatment to Native American.
In the early 1900’s, Dr William Fitzgerald known as the father of Reflexology, discovered (or “rediscovered") vertical zone therapy which we use today. He was the first one to define the ten longitudinal zones of the body.
Zone therapy is a system based on the principle that the ten longitudinal zones are interconnected.
In addition, Eunice Ingham, physiotherapist in the 1930’s, further developed and refined the zone therapy and invented the word “Reflexology”.
For more information about reflexology, click here to the bibliography
Reflexology is a natural complementary therapy based on the principle that there are reflex points in our feet and hands.
These reflex points correspond to the organs of our body as a mirror. By using thumbs and fingers to stimulate reflex point pain and stress are released.
We often hear about "reflexology massage" or "reflexology foot massage" but reflexology is more about stimulation of reflex points than foot massage which are two different methods.
Finally, reflexology is effective for promoting good health and for preventing illness.
If you want to know more about reflexology, please refer to my personal selection of books in bibliography, which offers recommendations such as:
- "The Original Works of Eunice Ingham" (physiotherapist who further developed and refined the zone therapy and invented the word "Reflexology"),
-"Finding your Feet" by Ann Gadd who invites you to discover "how your sole reflects the soul", etc...
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Reflexology is based on the concept of energy moving down zones. Reflex areas on hands and feet correspond to organs and parts of the body.
Reflexology unblocks energy channels and increases energy.
Here is a foot reflexology chart taken from "Foot Chart, Original Ingham Method".
Here you can also find a pocket color version of foot and hand reflexology .
How Reflexology can help?
The treatment is extremely beneficial for:
- High blood pressure
- Back pain
- Sinus and asthma
- Digestive complaints
- Migraine and headache
Or Reflexology simply helps to relax.
Reflexology is not meant to treat or diagnose serious illness, nor is a qualified reflexologist a medical practitioner. A reflexologist does not pretend to cure.
Reflexology is a complementary therapy to conventional medicine.
"Leonardo Da Vinci described the feet as "a masterpiece of engineering".
The foot is made up of 26 bones, 19 muscles and about 30 joints. The foot has many functions. It performs as a lithe shock absorber to the ground.
The foot bones with their muscles, tendons are designed for supporting our body, for strength, mobility, balance and leverage in motion.
The feet support a person during the entire life. For this reason, it is important to take care of them properly.
In the antique, the feet of women were a sacred symbol of fertility. In the mythology and folklore, male feet were associated with strength and adventure.
From a spiritual perspective, feet are the contact to the ground and the earth and therefore are linked to the earth energies.
Reflexology believes that the feet reflect the entire body like a mirror. Treating feet affects therefore the full body.
Reflexology is suitable for all ages and help to bring relief from a wide range of ailments. There are still some guidelines to consider.
- Elderly: The senior generation benefits from any form of touch. Gentle pressure has to be applied.The benefits are tremendous; Reflexology can help to improve circulation and increase mobility.
- Children: Gentle reflexology treatment (especially on hand) provides reassurance and comfort to a child. For teenagers, they can benefit from de-stressing effect of reflexology.
- Babies: Reflexology can help babies to release tension after birth. They respond very well to gentle hand or foot reflexology.
- People with acute or chronic conditions: Reflexology can help reducing inflammation, enhancing energy levels and encouraging homeostasis.
- People with no condition: Reflexology can be used as a preventive therapy. Many people use reflexology as a way of relaxation and resisting stress on a regular basis.