What is reflexology?
Reflexology functions in two ways: as a diagnostic tool and as a
method of treatment. A reflexology treatment can be used for the
correction and prevention of ill health.
Reflexology is the physical act of applying pressure to the feet and
hand with specific thumb, finger and hand techniques. It is based
on a system of zones and reflex areas that reflect an image of the
body on the feet and hands with a premise that such work effects a physical change to the body.
By using the thumb and fingers in a particular way to massage the relevant reflex points, pain and
other symptoms in the corresponding area of the body can be alleviated.
The history of reflexology?
Around the world and throughout history reflexology has been
rediscovered and reinstated as a health practice time and time
again by peoples around the globe seeking to deal with health
concerns. Archeological evidence Egypt (2330 BCE), China
(2704 BCE) and Japan (690 CE) points to ancient reflexology
medical systems. In the West the concept of reflexology began
to emerge in the 19th century, based on research into the
nervous system and reflex. While no direct evidence of direct
cross-fertilization from ancient times has been discovered, the
practice of foot and hand work in a variety of cultures, belief
systems and historical periods speaks to reflexology for health
as a universal bridging concept.