Reflexology therapy for modern life.. be Foot Smart.
Reflexology dates back in history to ancient civilizations. The Egyptians and Chinese are widely thought to have used this therapy. Indeed, the oldest documentation of reflexology comes from a pictograph in an Egyptian Physician Ankhmahor's (2500-2330 B.C.) tomb at Saqquara near Cairo. It shows two men working on the feet and hands of two other men with hieroglyphics above the scene. In China there is evidence of some form of hand and foot therapy being practiced as long ago as 4,000 B.C and the North American Indians have practised a form of foot therapy for hundreds of years.
Modern reflexology regards the feet and hands as mirrors of the human body where their different pressure sensors are believed to correspond to different organs, glands, and other key areas of the body. Eunice Ingham (1889-1974) an American physiotherapist evolved a map of the entire body on the feet. These pressure sensors are manipulated with the use of the therapist's hands, fingers and thumbs and in this way, it's thought to relieve energy blockages and tensions within the body. If any tender areas are located on the feet or hands, it signifies the need for reflex work with a premise that such work effects a physical change in the body.
A survey of 170 reflexology studies from 21 countries show that reflexology is beneficial for reducing pain, improving blood flow, creating relaxation, aiding in post-operative recovery, complementing cancer care, mental health, easing pregnancy, delivery and it's after effects.
A reflexology session ranges from 30 minutes to one hour. You will be asked to sit in a reclining chair with your feet conveniently placed for the therapy. It can be used independently from nutritional therapy or as a very useful addition.
For more information on the benefits of reflexology, please refer to this paper "What are the benefits of reflexology?".