Reflexology is a very gentle, yet powerful, form of Complementary Therapy, which helps the body to heal itself. It's based on the principle that for every organ, gland and system of the body there's a corresponding reflex point on the feet and hands. In practice, it’s the feet that tend to be the focus of attention when it comes to treating people.
Reflexology involves the gentle massage of, and pressure to, these specific points to improve circulation, eliminate toxins and re-balance energy. The result is a deeply relaxing treatment, which can induce a feeling of calm and peace.
Reflexology has been found to be beneficial in the relief of many acute and chronic conditions, including: Allergies, Asthma, Arthritis, Breathing Disorders, Catarrh, Circulatory problems Digestive problems, Eczema, Insomnia, Menopausal and Hormonal imbalances, Migraine, Period pains, Sinusitis, Stress and Tension.
Many cancer sufferers have reported a reduction in pain, through Reflexology therapy, while others undergoing chemotherapy have found the unpleasant side effects greatly diminished.
The History of Reflexology
The idea that there’s a connection between the body and the feet has been around for a long time. This, particular, approach has been used for several thousands of years and is known to have been practiced in a similar manner to that of today, by both the Chinese and the Egyptians. As the whole of the body is reflected in the feet, Reflexology offers a means of treating the ‘whole body’ and of treating the body, as ‘a whole’.
Reflexology, as we now know it, came about as a result of an American, Dr. William Fitzgerald, who described a treatment that he called ‘Zone Therapy’ in the 1920’s. The late Eunice Ingham, another American, based her method of treatment on ‘Zone Therapy’ and the result is what we now call Reflexology.
Reflexology isn’t, and doesn’t claim to be, a 'cure-all' but most people who’ve experienced this method of treatment have found it to be an extremely beneficial and very relaxing therapy.
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