Reflexology has a long history which dates back to the early Egyptians and Chinese, evidence of which is shown in their hieroglyphics. In more recent times we can look at the work of Dr William Fitzgerald in the early 1900’s. He observed that direct pressure on certain areas of the body could produce an anaesthetic effect in a corresponding part of the body. Dr Fitzgerald called this ‘Zone Therapy’ and he gained notoriety and interest from other doctors.
One of these doctors was Joseph Riley and he continued to study and practice Zone Therapy over his years of practice. A physiotherapist named Eunice Ingham was working with Dr Riley when she began to use Zone Therapy with her patients. As her knowledge progressed she was able to chart the feet in relation to the zones until she had evolved on the feet themselves, a ‘map’ of the entire body. Eunice Ingham knew that her specific therapeutic pressure on the feet went beyond pain reduction and Reflexology as we know it today was born.
A new scientific survey at the University of Portsmouth has found that Reflexology may be as effective as painkillers. This research was reported in The Telegraph on 27th February 2019 This exciting study shows that complementary medicines and treatments have a genuine place alongside orthodox medicine.
Reflexology works on the principle that the feet represent miniature maps of the whole body and when a gentle pressure massage is applied to particular areas (reflex points) this encourages the body’s own natural healing to restore a healthy balance and create a feeling of well-being.
I believe that Reflexology helps to bring about a balance in the body, mind and spirit. It can be used to help to relieve many stress related and other conditions such as:
- Hormonal Imbalance
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
And many more
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