History of Reflexology
Reflexology has been around since ancient times, with evidence as far back as 4000-2330 B.C.E. in Egypt, India and China. Like a mirror image of the body, the soles of the feet act as a mini-map of the entire body, with specific reflex points corresponding to every organ, gland and body parts. For example, the toes represent the head and neck, and the balls of the feet represent the chest, lung, and shoulder area.
Reflexology also works with subtle energy flowing along 10 vertical zones the length of the body, similar to Chinese acupuncture meridians. William Fitzgerald, MD introduced zone theory to the U.S. when he found that applying pressure to a zone that corresponded to the site of an injury relieved pain during minor surgeries.
Additional Benefits of Reflexology
Additional benefits include decreased pain, anxiety, and depression, and improved sleep. It is not ticklish, as a firm pressure is used. If a particular part of the body is out of balance, the corresponding reflex may feel tender or sore during the treatment. If feet are too sensitive or swollen from an injury or edema, the hands can be treated instead.