Walking barefoot on sand and rough terrain has always been a natural, beneficial foot treatment. Heiroglyphics dating back as early as 2330 B.C. in Egypt indicate that Reflexology has deep roots. India and China have similar evidence of reflexology.
In 1913, reflexology was brought to North America by William Fitzgerald, an M.D. in Connecticut. He used “zone therapy” (as it was called) to deaden pain.
Reflexology has been well established and widely accepted in many European countries. Although it has taken years, it is now gaining acceptance.
Reflexology is a natural healing art based on the principle that there are reflexes in the hands and feet which correspond to every part, gland and organ of the body.
The reflexologist stimulates the reflexes during the treatment by applying pressure using thumb and fingers.
Techniques such as kneading, twisting, rotating, gentle squeezing and alternating pressure are used to release release stress and tension and to increase circulation.It is very important for blood to flow freely. It carries oxygen and nutrients to all cells. Stress can tighten the blood flow. Circulation then becomes sluggish.
Doctors agree that stress causes 75% ofall health problems. A reflexology treatment stimulates more than 7,000 nerves. The body has built-in mechanisms for cleansing itself. If these become blocked or function improperly, toxins and waste matter are allowed to build up. By deepening relaxation, reflexology allows all body systems to function more efficiently.
Reflexology balances the whole body system. The technical term is homeostasis, meaning “being in balance” For the human body to be healthy, everything must work together. Reflexology can work in harmony with other other methods and should not be considered as an alternative, but as a complimentary therapy.
A reflexologist cannot by law cure, diagnose or treat any specific condition. Reflexology can serve as a part of a preventative program for health care.