History of Reflexology
The origins of reflexology can be traced back to ancient Egypt.
Wall paintings in a physician's tomb, at Saqqara, dating back to 2330 B.C.
show patients receiving treatments on their hands and feet.
In Greece until AD200, in addition to
being the home of the oracle, Delphi was an ancient health spa where massage, hydrotherapy
and reflexology were used to induce well-being, relaxation and foresight . Practices akin
to reflexology appear to have been used in
early China, Japan, India and Russia also.
Modern day reflexology has its origins in Zone Therapy which was pioneered by
Dr. William H. Fitzgerald (A).
He divided the body into
ten longitudinal zones; the theory being that reflexes operate along these zones
and that pressure and stimulation of a reflex could
relieve pain affecting organs, body parts and glands within a given zone.
Zone Therapy was adopted by Eunice Ingham (B), a physiotherapist in her treatment of patients in the 1930's.
She developed it further,
finding that some areas of the body were more effective and accessible than others
she worked on the feet. Eventually she
mapped the entire body onto the feet. She discovered
that a therapeutic effect could be achived by using pressure from her thumbs and
fingers on specific tender spots which related to to problems elsewhere in the body.
What is reflexology?
It is a science based on the principle that there
are reflexes in the hands and feet which correspond to all organs, glands and body parts.
Reflexology is technique of using the thumbs and fingers on these reflexes.
What is its aim?
- To relieve stress.
- To relieve muscular tension.
- To improve blood supply and circulation.
- To encourage the unblocking of energy/nerve pathways.
- To encourage the body's natural healing processes.
- To encourage homeostasis. - (homeostasis - balance, equilibrium or the fine tuning of bodily functions)
- To cleanse the body of toxins.
- To revitalise energy.
- To stimulate creativity and productivity.
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UK Reflexology Courses/ Tuition
British Association of Reflexologists
Worldwide list of Reflexology Organisations
Comprehensive list of Reflexology Books
"Reflexology cannot harm the system, it simply brings it back into balance." 1
"As three quarters of disease (dis-ease) is created by stress the state of relaxation and balance brought about by a reflexology treatment
can have a profound effect on your general well-being." 2
"Anyone and everyone can benefit from reflexology's amazing ability to harmonise all bodily systems. It effectively
enhances the functioning
of mind, body and soul." 3
"I've had success with infertility problems, polycystic ovaries and ovulation problems. Seven out of ten have conceived after reflexology treatments." 4
1.'Better Health with Foot Reflexology' by Dwight C. Byers ISBN 0-9611804-2-0
2. Course Notes by Edith Clarkson, Principal, East London School of Reflexology
3. 'Reflexology' by Chris Stormer ISBN 0-340-67337-0
4. Jane Holt, South Devon School of Reflexology
A. Dr. William H. Fitzgerald, physician and laryngologist,
Boston & Connecticut USA,Central London E.N.T. Hospital UK.
(Author "Zone Therapy, or
Relieving Pain At Home" 1917).
B. Eunice Ingham, "Stories The Feet Can Tell" 1938, & "Stories The Feet have Told" Ingham Publishing, Inc.
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