What is Reflexology
Reflexology is a science that deals with the principle that there are reflex areas in the feet and hands that correspond to all of the glands, organs and parts of the body. Reflexology is a unique method of using the thumb and fingers on these reflex areas. Stimulating these reflexes properly may help many health problems in a natural way, a type of preventative maintenance. Reflexology is a serious advance in the health field and should not be confused with foot massage
Whilst the origins of reflexology date back to Ancient Egypt, India and China, reflexology as we know it today was first thought to have started in 1902 when a Dr William Fitzgerald became acquainted with Zone Therapy. He noted that reflex areas on the feet and hands were linked to other areas and organs of the body within the same zone. A therapist called Eunice Ingham was also interested in Zone Therapy. She knew that Dr Fitzgerald concentrated mainly on hands but as the feet were more sensitive, she began probing the feet. Eunice Ingham successfully mapped the zones of the feet in relation to the organs of the body. Her first book on the subject was published in 1938 and since 1942, Reflexology workshops have been conducted year round.
What does Reflexology do?
Reflexology improves nerve and blood supply, and helps nature to normalise.
Reflexology helps nature achieve homeostasis
After treatment some minor reactions may occur such as symptoms of a cold, diarrhoea, or tiredness. These reactions are normal and it is the body’s way of cleansing toxins from the body. Most people feel quite relaxed after their treatment and re-vitalised. Reflexology simply brings the body back into balance helping nature achieve homeostasis.
The importance of drinking plenty of water
The human body comprises 25% solid matter and 75% water. Brain tissue is said to consist of 85% water. In the spine for example, there are inter-vertebral discs that serve as shock absorbers, pressing out fluid. Therefore it is important that this fluid is replenished. After receiving Reflexology treatment, drinking plenty of water is important as it helps to cleanse away the toxins.
It is the long-term effect of dehydration that also contributes to many of today’s medical problems