Reflexology, simply put, is a healing therapy that is practiced when a therapists puts pressure on specific reflexes in the hands and feet that correlate with different parts of the body. Reflexology works on the principle that when pressure is applied to different points on the hands and feet, organs and body parts throughout the rest of the body are affected.
Some of the benefits of reflexology include an increase in flexibility, concentration and clear thinking. It offers relief from congestion and tension, back and muscle pain, headaches and migraines, insomnia and arthritis. It has emotional benefits as well, including a decrease in depression and an increase in personal confidence and motivation. Depending on what your physical issue may be, reflexology is a solid complementary therapy to aid in your recovery. For example, chemotherapy patients or those undergoing detoxification benefit from reflexology treatments.
The practice of reflexology has been traced all the way back to ancient cultures including Egypt , India , and China . The western hemisphere, however, did not gain access to the therapy until the early 1900s when Dr. William Fitzgerald it, calling it zone therapy. Eunice Ingham took Dr. Fitzgerald's work and further developed it until it became the therapy or reflexology that we practice today.
No matter what your age or gender, reflexology is a gentle therapy that can be utilized by anyone. Whether you have a recurring or constant condition or a new problem or issue, even no issue at all, reflexology is a great maintenance therapy, prevention therapy, and complementary therapy for most physical and emotional issues.