Reflexology is thought to have been passed down through an oral tradition and possibly first recorded as a pictograph on the Egyptian tomb of Ankhamor in 2330 BC along with other medical procedures. Reflexology symbols are thought to be recorded on the feet of statues of Buddha in India and later China. The principle is that certain areas on the soles of your feet or hands – containing millions of nerve endings – correspond to other parts of the body. Systems and organs of the whole body are said to be mirrored or reflected in smaller peripheral areas.
In the United States, William H. Fitzgerald, MD, who is frequently referred to as the father of reflexology, wrote in 1917 about ten vertical zones that extended the length of the body. He found that the application of pressure to a zone that corresponded to the location of an injury could serve as relief of pain during minor surgeries.
Eunice Ingham, a physiotherapist, is another prominent figure in the development of reflexology. In her research with zone therapy's pressure points, she found the feet to be the most sensitive and responsive. She developed the foot maps and reflexology charts still in use today and introduced reflexology practices to the non-medical community in the 1930s. Reflexology stimulates the body into healing itself by improving circulation, reducing stress, pain and restoring natural balance. Reflexology gives helpful benefits for:
1. Boosting energy levels 2. Relaxation 3. Eliminate toxins 4. Improve blood Circulation 5. Improve nerve sensitivity 6. Liver function 7. Treatment for migraines and headaches 8. Treatment of Arthritis 9. Useful for Depression 10. Relieving Stress
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