DEFINITION OF REFLEXOLOGY: Reflexology is a scientific healing method based upon the principle
that there are energy zones that run throughout the body. The feet
seem to be an entry way to the entire nervous system, as reflex areas
in the feet correspond to all the major organs, glands, and body parts.
From ancient texts, illustrations, and artifacts dating to 2000 B.C.,
we know that the early Chinese, Japanese, Russians, Indians, and
Egyptians, worked on the feet to promote good health. In the 1930s,
Eunice Ingham, a physiotherapist, mapped out the entire body onto the
feet. This map has been used universally ever since with just a few
minor variations. This ancient healing method is experiencing a
reawakening in popularity in the United States..
By working the reflex points, reflexology can reduce stress and bring
about relaxation; circulation improves, and the body cleanses itself
of toxins. Reflexology balances the entire system and recharges
energy. Because this is a holistic science, it is considered
preventative health care.
Recent studies have also included hands in reflexology. Reflex
points in the hands and feet represent the entire body. By working
the feet or hands, the body is brought into balance.