“…to the body, the feet and hands are special. No other sensory organ reaches out to touch the world around us, to travel through it and to manipulate it. The feet and hands sense what is underfoot and what is on hand.”
A form of treatment by means of pressure points was known in India and China 5000 years ago. North American Indian tribes knew the relationship between the reflex points and the internal organs of the body and used this knowledge to treat disease.
Reflexology was rediscovered by Dr William Fitzgerald. In 1895 he graduated in medicine at the University of Vermont, and then practised in hospitals in Vienna, Paris and London before specializing in ear, nose and throat disorders. He developed the concept of treating the body through pressure points found on the feet. The technique was further developed by, an American masseuse, Eunice Ingham, who spent many years gaining insight into how reflex zone therapy worked and developed the method we use today.
Foot Refloxology is the study and practice of working reflexes in the feet which correspond to other parts of the body. With specific hand and finger techniques, reflexology causes responses (relaxation) in corresponding parts of the body. Relaxation is the first step to normalisation, the body’s return to a state of equilibrium or homeostasis, where circulation can flow unimpeded and supply nutrients and oxygen to the cells.
Reflexologists believe that energy flows in zones and meridians throughout the body. This theory specifies that there are ten energy zones (or channels) which run the length of the body from head to toe, 5 on each side of the body ending in each foot and running down the arms into the tips of the fingers. All the organs and parts of the body lie along one or more of these zones. By applying pressure to the reflex points on the feet, energy or ‘chi’ is encouraged to flow freely through the channel to affect a specific part of the body lying within that zone. The soles of our feet and the palms of our hands are a mirror image of the whole of the body.
Sindy Creen DRM