Reflexology (also known as zone therapy) is a treatment that involves application of specific finger and thumb techniques to the hands and feet. The most popular and most effective area to perform this treatment on are the feet. It is based on a system of zones which mirrors an image of the organs of the body on feet and hands. Although Reflexology does not treat or cure conditions or symptoms, stimulation of these pressure points encourages the body to naturally balance itself.
History of Reflexology
Reflexology and it’s practices have been documented in Ancient Egyptian and Chinese medicine. It was first introduced to the USA around 1913 by William H Fitzgerald, M.D – an ear, throat and nose specialist. He believed that hands and feet were particularly sensitive and created a “map” of median zones of the entire body. Reflexology practices these days are still performed based on these zones.
Reflexology has long been known to not treat or cure medical conditions, but can relieve symptoms by applying pressure on the specific corresponding systems of the body. In modern times it is being used for stress relieve, relieve hormonal symptoms such as PMS and Menopause, encourage natural digetion and relieve water retention by stimulating the lymphatic system. There have also been claims that Reflexology can help improve the immune system.
Reflexology is also based on unblocking channels in the median zones and encourage the natural functioning of organs and different systems of the body.
During treatment, the Reflexologist works on three guidelines – Crystals, Congestion and Tenderness. These 3 guidelines are indicators as to how blocked the channels are, going from mild to severe.
Reflexology is contraindicated, but not limited:
- During the first trimester of pregnancy
- During menstruation
- Heart disease
For the most effective results, it is recommended to have a Reflexology session followed by an Aromatherapy massage as oils can be blended according to the difference concerns picked up during the Reflexology session.
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~ Elize Endhart ~