It is widely believed that the whole body is mapped out on the feet, and that by applying gentle pressure to specific areas the corresponding organs or systems may be affected.
The healing art of reflexology can be traced as far back as 250oBC in Egypt, India and China. An ancient image of the Hindu God Vishnu’s feet depicts Sanskrit symbols that appear to reflect reflexology points. A wall painting with hieroglyphics at the tomb of the physician Ankhmahor, excavated in Saggara in Egypt and dated c2000 BC, convincingly appear to depict hand and foot touch therapy.
In 1913 Dr William Fitzgerald introduced the therapy to the west as ‘zone therapy’. Dr Fitzgerald discovered that reflex areas of the feet were linked to organs and systems in the whole body. This was further developed by Eunice Ingham in the 1930s into what is now known as reflexology. Recent research in Japan has shown that stimulation of several reflex points on the feet causes increased brain activity related to the corresponding areas of the body.
Reflexology is a holistic therapy, treating the whole person not just the prevailing symptoms. It is not an alternative to seeking medical advice or attention, nor is it a beauty therapy or a foot massage.
Reflexology can help restore and maintain the body’s natural equilibrium and has anecdotally been shown to be effective for a range of conditions such as: Stress related disorders, migraine, back pain, sleep disorders, infertility, hormonal imbalances, arthritis and digestive disorders.