Reflexology is a science based on the principle that there are reflex areas in the hands and feet which correspond to all of the glands, organs and parts of the body. Proper stimulation of these reflex areas can help many health problems in a totally natural way as well as serve as a type of preventative maintenance.
Reflexology is different from massage in that it uses the hands and feet as proxy for the rest of the body, while massage is done to the body and limbs themselves. Reflexology is a very gentle form of therapy, and suitable for those with delicate skin, such as the elderly or infants, and those with extreme sensitivity to touch, for example, patients with fibromyalgia.
The idea behind reflexology is not new. Evidence of its practice goes back 4300 years, to Egyptian culture in 2300 BC. Reflexology as we know it today was first researched and developed by Eunice Ingham, the modern pioneer of the field. Her initial work was published in 1938, and by 1942 reflexology workshops furthered its growth as an important hands-on therapy.
The benefits of reflexology primarily have to do with relaxation. Some doctors have theorized that 75% of our everyday health problems can be linked to nervous stress and tension, and stress and tension can prevent more serious health issues from improving.
Reflexology improves nerve communication and blood, and lymph circulation throughout the body, helping release stress and tension. Because each organ and gland have correspondence on the hands and feet, reflexology releases tension held at a very deep physiological level.
Reflexology is safe and natural and deeply healing and relaxing. It is a unique modality in the health field. Instead of treating a specific medical disorder it helps the body restore natural balance and circulatory flow.
It promotes overall health and well being in the same way as a diet or exercise program might and is appropriate to add to any health regime.