Introducing reflexology !
Many people have heard of reflexology, yet what this technique is all about remains largely unknown … As a foot reflexologist, I intend to write many articles on this fascinating topic. But first, let me give you a brief introduction!
Reflexology is one of the many complementary therapies designed to help the body restore its remarkable self-healing capacities.
Although the origins of this non-invasive technique are difficult to determine, evidence of what could be assimilated to foot reflexology can be traced in ancient Egypt. It was also practiced in China as part of acupuncture, at least 2000 years ago.
In India, acupressure therapy based on energy points called marmas developped through Ayurveda, an ancient healing science which origins are found in the 5000-year-old vedic scriptures.
In the 20th century, the research works of Dr Fitzgerald, Dr Riley, and Eunice Ingham introduced reflexology as we know it today.
The technique used is a controlled and rhythmic pressure on precise areas of the feet, hands or ears, called reflex zones. Each of those reflex zones corresponds to specific glands, organs and systems, together representing a coherent miniature map of our body. When applying pressure many reactions such as pain, tenderness, gritty sensation, may occur, thus helping the therapist locate imbalances.
Reflexology has many beneficial effects including deep relaxation, activation of the blood and lymphatic circulation, evacuation of the toxins, regulation of the nervous system, prevention and relief of many disorders, and restoration of the body’s natural balance.
It can be a very helpful tool for various kinds of issues such as poor blood circulation, stress, anxiety, back pain, migraine, insomnia, premenstrual symptoms, digestive or respiratory issues.
Its purpose is not to replace a conventional medical treatement, treat or diagnose for a specific medical disorder, but rather to promote a general state of good health and well being.
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