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According to the medical dictionary it is a therapeutic method of relieving pain by stimulating pressure points on the hands and feet. Reflexology promotes healing by stimulating the nerves in the body and encouraging the flow of blood. Modern reflexology is derived from an ancient form of therapy practiced as long ago as BC in China, India and Egypt. Evidence International Institute of Reflexology suggests that North American tribes of Indians practised a form of hand and foot therapy for hundreds of years.
The Chinese concept of meridian therapy is an important part of the foundation of reflexology, working the hands and feet to help maintain good health and prevent disease. In Sir Henry Head, an English neurologist proved the neurological relationship between pressure applied to the skin and internal organs. He showed that there is a connection with the diseased part of the body that when pressed were sensitive. He discovered that when painful areas were massaged then the healing process would commence.
He devised the system of mapping the body into 5 zones on each side of the meridian line. These zones run the length of the body from head to the feet. These theories were not well received within the medical profession until Joseph Riley, a chiropractor went on the refine the theories.
He described how nerves control body functions and how reflex pathways control the activities of the body. Based upon Fitzgeralds theory of zone therapy she extended it to develop reflexology. In addition Ingham also discovered the theory of crystal deposits and established that an alternating pressure on the feet has a stimulating effect on the body. She devoted 40 years of her life to reflexology, mapped reflex points of the hands and feet that correspond to all the organs, glands and parts of the body.
Dwight Byers, Inghams nephew not only continued to teach and develop reflexology techniques but published his Aunts books. Dwight is now the president of the International Institute of Reflexology. Joseph Corvo went on to adopt Fitzgeralds theory and is currently one of the worlds leading zone therapists.
Hanne Marquardt is the most well known and experienced reflexologist in Europe today. She trained with Ingham and divided the feet into three areas using transverse zones. Research indicates that Denmark appears to be a country where reflexology is most widely used and as many as 1 in 4 people have turned to reflexology for therapeutic reasons. How does reflexology work? Several theories exist as to how reflexology works and are subject to much debate.
For instance the Pain Gate Theory or more recently the Neuromatrix theory of pain which suggests that pain is a subjective experience caused by your brain. The brain does this in response to the sensory experience of pain, but can also create pain in response to emotional or cognitive factors. External factors such as stress or mood can also affect the experience of pain. Reflexology may reduce pain by reducing stress and improving mood.
If stress is not addressed it can lead to congestion of energy which causes bodily inefficiencies which lead to illness. The application of pressure to the hands and the feet provides a calming sensation which leads to a state of relaxation. View our reflexology treatments or contact us if you have any questions. Useful links.
Joseph Corvo's Zone Therapy: Youth, Beauty And Health In Ten Minutes A Day