What Is Reflexology?
The roots of reflexology and its relationship with healthcare are believed to date back to ancient Egypt with documents about the practice discovered dating back to 2500 BC.
The original reflexology maps of the feet were devised by Eunice Ingham, using anecdotal evidence obtained during her reflexology work.
The theory underlying reflexology is that all our vital organs and different parts of the body are connected to reflex points on the feet, face and hands.
A trained reflexologist will know where these specific reflexes are. By using these specific reflex points they will be able to identify areas of the body that are not functioning well and can stimulate the flow of energy, blood, nutrients and nerve impulses to the corresponding body zone, relieving ailments in that zone and helping to improve someone's overall physical and mental health.
Counteracting Stress with Reflexology and Relaxation
In our modern, rushed and demanding lifestyle we are susceptible to a continual build up of tension, anxiety and fear. However, stress is manufactured within our bodies, not absorbed from external forces. One of the most important benefits of reflexology is its efficacy in reducing stress.
Approximately 70% of disorders can be related to stress and nerve tension. Because reflexology encourages the body to relax, other functions are also affected. When tension is relaxed, the muscles cease to contract. Blood vessels too are relaxed, reducing vascular constriction and allowing circulation to flow freely, thereby conducting the necessary oxygen and nutrients to all the body tissues and organs. This in turn helps to cleanse the body of toxins and impurities.
Who Can Benefit from Reflexology?
Reflexology does not discriminate. There are no boundaries or limitation. People of any age or sex - the elderly, women, men, teenagers, children and babies - can derive positive benefits from reflexology. Reflexology is a holistic healing technique, incorporating body, mind and spirit.