Reflexology is a gentle, natural, non-invasive ancient and scientific healing art, which is based on the idea that there are specific areas (maps) on the feet, hands and face that correspond to all glands, organs and systems of the body.
The physical act of applying pressure to these reflex points (nerve endings) by using specific finger or thumb techniques, results in stress reduction, which promotes positive physiological changes in other areas of the body.
Whilst the art of reflexology dates back to Ancient Egypt, India and China, it wasn't until 1913 that Dr. William Fitzgerald introduced this therapy to the West as 'zone therapy'. In the 1930's Eunice Ingham further developed his zone theory into what is now known as reflexology. She found that congestion or tension in any part of the foot is reflected in the corresponding part of the body.
Wearing shoes all day combined with illness, lack of water and lack of exercise, can cause muscle tissue to weaken and the blood to stagnate. This stagnation then causes minute amounts of waste containing lactic acid, uric acid, calcium and various other by-products to develop as the nervous system communicates with the body. When the body is overstressed these waste products build up and are carried along the nerve paths to the extremities. Here they create crystalline deposits and cause blocked neurological and circulation pathways. This can lead to poor delivery of blood and nutrients to the organs.
By applying pressure to the nerve endings the deposits are broken up and absorbed back into the circulatory system where they are eliminated from the body via urine, faeces, exhalation and perspiration. When the nerve pathways are clear messages are transmitted to the brain through the nervous system, the body responds by working toward a biologically balanced state allowing the blood to circulate more freely, distributing nutrients and oxygen through the body and removing waste products.
Foot Reflexology’s primary function is to induce an optimal state of relaxation that leads to healing. It promotes the body’s incredible ability to adjust and balance during times of stress.
Beyond relaxation, foot reflexology has been shown to be of benefit the following areas:
Because foot reflexology promotes relaxation it may also help: