Reflexology is a truly ancient form of therapy.
Its origins are however a little tricky to trace because stories of its practice stem from several ancient cultures, some dating back as much as 4,000 years!
The Chinese were found to be rubbing feet for health and wellbeing back in 2330BC, while Egyptian tombs show they were practicing the same ideas around the exact same time.
The American Indians also practiced a form of foot therapy for hundreds of years.
What these (and more) cultures clearly figured out is that foot massage for healing works!
In the early 1900’s a Dr William Fitzgerald brought this practice to life in the West. A few years later, in 1915 an article was published in “Everybody’s Magazine” titled, “To stop that toothache, squeeze your toe” and the secret was out and Reflexology as a treatment took hold.
Reflexology has certainly stood the test of time, right through to our current day.
What exactly is Reflexology?
The principles of Reflexology are not that far removed from shiatsu and acupuncture.
Treatment involves applying pressure to specific points on the soles of the feet and on the lower legs.
These pressure points are energy-mapped to different organs and tissues in the body. When pressure is applied, it triggers pain relief and healing action within these other areas.Reflexology works by optimising the flow of the body’s internal energy to improve physical, psychological and emotional health.
Repeated research using ultrasound sonography confirms that reflexology treatment increases blood flow (the basis of tissue healing and recovery) to target organs and tissues.
13 Body-boosting benefits of Reflexology…
There’s no doubt it works. Research published in peer-reviewed medical journals confirms reflexology is effective in treating:
What happens during a Reflexology session?
Reflexology treatments typically take 30 to 60 minutes. The treatment involves gentle, but firm pressure on specific points at the soles of your feet and lower legs.
Treatment frequency is depends on how your body responds. Usually it’s recommended to start with one to two sessions a week and then progress to monthly maintenance treatments or as needed.
Your Reflexology treatment will always be carried out by a fully qualified therapist who holds necessary certification in Reflexology.
What the medical community has to say:
Clinical studies show how Reflexology promotes healing across a range of health conditions. According to NCBI (PubMed), Reflexology is a reliable complementary therapy that, when practiced correctly, and in line with modern medicine, is one of the best ways to maintain general body health.