Reflexology is a specific pressure technique that works on precise reflex points on the feet, based on the principle that these reflex points correspond to particular organs, glands and structures in the body.
By stimulating these reflex points we bring about a state of deep relaxation, stimulate the body’s own healing process and help the individual return to a state of balance and well-being.
There is evidence that the history of reflexology begins back in ancient civilizations across the world, with practices akin to reflexology documented in the histories of ancient China and Egypt. In the early 1900s, reflexology was introduced into the United States by Dr. William Fitzgerald, an ear nose and throat specialist, who discovered that applying pressure to certain parts of the body could have an anesthetic effect on other parts of the body.
Accessing the Body’s Resources
Following illness, stress, injury or disease, the body is in a state of imbalance and its communication pathways can become blocked. This prevents the body from functioning effectively. By working with the body’s own natural resources, reflexology can help restore natural equilibrium and encourage healing by inducing a sense of relaxation, regulating bodily functions and aiding in the elimination of toxins by promoting circulation.