An Ancient Practice in a Modern Day World
Reflexology may sound like a newly discovered remedy; however, it's quite the opposite. Some of the first treatments were documented in ancient Egypt dating as far back as 2300 b.c. and the practice traveled throughout the ancient world and further documentation was found in Japan as early as 690 a.d. Thus, the roots of this practice have run through many cultures and through several ages.
ARBC's Definition: "Reflexology, an integrative health practice, maps a reflection of the body predominately on the feet, hands and outer ears. It uses unique manual techniques to deliver pressure to neural pathways assisting the body to function optimally."
Reflexology Association of America says: "The effectiveness of reflexology is recognized worldwide by various national health institutions and the public at large as a distinct complementary practice within the holistic health field."
Feet can be viewed as anatomical maps or mirrors of the body, with reflexes corresponding to specific parts of the body as a whole. By applying pressure on the feet, we can encourage overall health and healing, and help bring the body back into balance.
Most people find a general release of stress and tension after a reflexology session. It can be effective at alleviating specific points of pain or problem areas in the body as well, especially with regular treatment.
Reflexology is not a substitute for medical care, but a wonderful complement to it.