Reflexology dates back to ancient civilizations such as Egypt, India and China around 2330BC, where it is thought to have been first practiced. This therapy was only introduced to the West in the early 20th Century.
The oldest documentation of Reflexology comes from a pictograph in the tomb of an Egyptian Physician Ankhmahor (2500-2330 B.C.) at Saqquara near Cairo.
In essence Reflexologists believe that the feet mirror the body. All organs, glands and systems of the body are mapped onto areas of the feet called reflex points.
What Reflexology Involves
A Reflexologist stimulates the reflex points to bring about a response in the corrresponding part of the body by using their thumb and fingers to apply pressure to the feet and/or hands. The aim is to rebalance the whole of your being rather than focusing on one part of you.
Today Reflexology is becoming increasingly popular with many Reflexologists working with the NHS to not only support patient healing but for relaxation and promoting wellbeing. Reflexologists do not claim to diagnose or cure a health problem.
Who can have Reflexology
Everyone may benefit from Reflexology; men, women, children and the elderly. Reflexology has become increasingly popular to support fertility and women through pregnancy. Please see my separate page for Advanced Pregnancy and Fertility Reflexology.
Reflexology may be effective for many conditions such as
- Joint pain
- Breathing disorders
- Digestive problems
- Fertility issues
- Headaches/ migrains
- Hormonal imbalances
- Pain relief
Other benefits also include;
- Cleansing and detoxification of the body
- Helps relaxation
- Helps to promote energy flow into the body
- Helps to release endorphins
- Helps the release of serotonin from the brain
- Muscle tone improvement
- Body is encouraged to heal
- Gives a feeling of wellbeing
- Helps to reduce stress
- Blood and lymphatic circulations are improved
- Rebalances the whole system
- Helps to restore energy levels
- Helps to treat ailments to restore health
- Used as preventative health care
- Helps you to cope with illness