Reflexology: History, Benefits and Precaution



Reflexology is not just massage of the feet. It involves applying pressure to parts of the feet or "reflex" areas that sort of represent various organs in the body.

Eunice Ingham was a physiotherapist who originated, researched and developed reflexology as it is known today. She developed her zone and foot therapy in the 1930s. She passed on at the age of 85, December 1974.

Some reflexology pathways:
The tips of the toes are connected to the head.
The arch of the foot is connected to the liver, pancreas and kidney.
The ball of the foot is connected to the chest and heart.
The heel is connected to the lower back and intestines.

When you think about what reflexology is you wonder what the benefits really are.

It is believed that applying pressure to these areas of the feet and sometimes hands promote the health of the corresponding organ.

The pressure applied sends signals that cause the release of endorphins which relieve pain and stress.

Always consult with your physician before trying anything new, including alternative therapy like reflexology.

Here are some red flags for reflexology:
Pregnancy, Thrombosis, Foot ulcers...

However people may get reflexology when they suffer from ailments like constipation, tension headaches, stress, insomnia, back pain, sports injuries...

A typical treatment session ranges from 45 - 60 minutes. And you should feel better and not worse, as the therapy progresses.

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