What is Reflexology
Reflexology treatments apply pressure to specific points or areas of the feet. According to the principles of reflexology, areas of the feet correspond to different parts of the body, and applying pressure to these areas can affect the corresponding parts of the body. In some cases, pressure may also be applied to the hands or ears.
For thousands of years, techniques similar to reflexology have been used in Egypt and China. A technique called "zone therapy" was developed in the early 20th century by an American physician named William Fitzgerald. Dr. Fitzgerald suggested that maps of the foot could be used to diagnose and treat medical conditions. He divided the body into 10 zones and labeled what he believed to be the corresponding parts of the foot. He proposed that gentle pressure on the foot could bring relief to the corresponding zone.
In the 1930s, Eunice Ingham, a nurse and physiotherapist, further developed these maps to include specific reflex points. Zone therapy was renamed reflexology. Reflexology charts are diagrams of the feet with corresponding parts of the body. The right foot corresponds to the right side of the body, and the left foot corresponds to the left side. Modern reflexologists use Ingham's methods, or similar techniques developed by the reflexologist Laura Norman. Massage therapists, chiropractors, podiatrists, physical therapists, and nurses may also use reflexology..
History of Reflexology? reflexology historySome people consider foot reflexology to be just about a foot massage. However reflexology dates back at least 5,000 years ago and has a history in culture of India, Egypt, China and Native American cultures. Nowadays famous stories continue to be presented by the tabloid press reports about Princess Diana and the English royal family use of foot reflexology since 1985. Princess Diana appeared to have gotten manicures, pedicures, and foot reflexology three times a week. Foot reflexology is an alternative science that deals with the reflex areas in the feet, which correspond to all of the organs and systems in the body. These points are worked on in specific foot massage manipulations that are generally pleasant and are done while you relax. But doing reflexology means far more than working on your feet. It is actually more like working with the person, attempting to mobilize inner energies: physical, mental and spiritual energies. The goal is to fight any imbalance in the system.