What is Reflexology?
Reflexology is a holistic technique (treats the whole body, not just an isolated area) which stimulates the body’s own healing process. The technique itself is the physical act of applying pressure to feet or hands. It has ancient roots (2330 B.C.) shown in old texts and drawings in Japan, Russia, Egypt, China & India.
Modern Reflexology was developed from a system of healing called Zone Therapy by Dr. William Fitzgerald, an American ear, nose, and throat surgeon. He noted that pressure on specific parts of the body could have an anaesthetising effect on a related area. Developing this theory, he divided the body into ten equal and vertical zones ending with the fingers and toes. He concluded that pressure on one part of a zone could affect everything else within that zone. Thus, reflex areas on the feet and hands are linked to other areas and organs of the body within that zone.
In the 1930s, Eunice Ingham, an American physiotherapist,
further developed and refined Zone therapy into what is now known as
Modern Reflexology. She began to probe the feet, finding tender spots and equating them with congestion in other parts of the body until finally she
developed a map of the entire human body on the feet
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