An exact definition of reflexology differs in interpretation amongst reflexologists and authors on the subject alike. To me reflexology is a non-invasive complementary therapy that states the entire body can be mapped to reflex points on the feet and hands. Manipulating these reflex points with the application of pressure and massage encourages the body’s natural function and balance within the corresponding area of the body.
The human body is an amazing machine. It has thousands of parts and systems working together to keep the body functioning at optimum levels at all times. The negative effects of everyday life, stress, emotions and diet can throw the body off balance. The sole purpose of Reflexology is to return the body to homeostasis – a state of equilibrium and balance. Reflexology is a very relaxing therapy which restores balance to all systems on a physical, emotional and spiritual level.
The method has been used for several thousands of years and is known to have been practised in a similar manner by the Chinese and the Egyptians.
More recently, Reflexology was described in the form in which it is now known by the late Eunice Ingham, an American lady, who based her method of treatment on work called ‘Zone Therapy’ which had been described some years earlier in the 1920’s by an American, Dr. William Fitzgerald.
“If you’re feeling out of kilter, don’t know why or what about, let your feet reveal the answer, find the sore spot, work it out.” – Eunice Ingham