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What Is Reflexology and Instant DIY Reflexology Tips

Updated on March 20, 2017

What is Reflexology

Reflexology is gentle, natural therapy that can have powerful results on the mind, body, emotions & spirit. It's truly amazing!

The benefits of Reflexology can be applied to anyone! It works in harmony with the body and is suitable for people of all ages and those in all states of wellness. It's a non-evasive therapy and can therefore be administered anywhere, from the living room, the beach or in a therapy room.

The gentle, non-intrusive nature of reflexology means that it can help a number of medical conditions without worsening the symptoms, as there are no side effect to this therapy.

Reflexology is suitable for a wide variety of ailments including Digestive disorders, PMS, infertility, Sinusitis, IBS, depression and anxiety

How does Reflexology work

Reflexology is based on the premise that a blockage or imbalance of energy within an organ can disrupt its functioning. This can lead to chronic or acute mental, physical and emotional conditions. Reflexology releases energy blockages by gently massaging & manipulating reflex points, which are specific areas in the feet and hands that correspond with an organ or area of the body.

The manipulation of the reflex points helps to remove energy blockages, boosts circulation in the organs and restores the body into a state of health. Ultimately this can greatly improve the symptoms of disease and creates a state of relaxation and well being.

Origins of Reflexology

Historians believe that reflexology was a practice that was common amongst the ancient Egyptians.

A painting was discovered in the tomb of Ankhmahor (highest official after the Pharaoh) at Saqqara, known as the physicians' tomb.which shows people applying pressure to each others feet, much like modern Relexologists do today.

Reflexology is also influenced by acupuncture & acupressure, therapies which originated in China and have been practised for thousands of years.

Acupuncture, acupressure and Reflexology are based on the same premise - applying pressure to certain areas of the body or feet, effect & balance the flow of energy.

History of Reflexology

Zone Therapy - Fitzgerald & Bowers

In 1917 Dr.Fitzgerald (an ENT Doctor) & his colleague Dr.Edwin Bowers published a book called "Zone therapy".

Dr. Edwin Bowers, was a medical critic and writer, who was initially skeptical of Dr.Fitzgerald claims. He investigated his findings discovered the validity of Zone therapy. Dr. Fitzgerald & Dr.Bowers later became colleagues

Fitzgerald & Bowers used the data they had collected to map the body into five zones.

The zones run from the foot to the head on each side of the body, starting with the big toe as zone one through to the little toes as zone five.

They discovered that a disturbance in one part of the Zone caused a dysfunction in all of the organs situated in that zone.

They used pegs & other implements to apply pressure to the zones in the hands & feet.

Eunice Ingham

Eunice Ingham continued to develop Zone Therapy.

She felt that the use of thumb & finger pressure was more effective than the tools (pegs, combs etc.) used by Fitzgerald & Bowers.

Ingam preferred to work with feet as they were at the end of the zones & that they have a larger surface area than the hands

Ingham used Fitzgerald's maps to create foot reflexology charts. Eunice published two book titled: "Stories the feet can call" & "Stories the feet have told". She went on to treat patients, lecture & teach students.

Reflexology chart

Reflexology chart
Reflexology chart | Source

DIY Reflexology Techniques

Here are a few simple reflexology sequences you can try on yourself

  • Squeeze and hold each toe for a a count of 5 to drain the sinuses when you have a cold
  • Roll a tennis ball on the underside of arch of your foot for digestive complaints or excess wind
  • Massage your big toe to reduce a headache

5 Basic Foot Reflexology Techniques

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