What is Reflexology?

By: Samar Yahya

Reflexology or “zone therapy” is an alternative medicine rooted back to ancient Egypt and China and involves applying pressure to the hands and feet by the finger with specific technique. Unlike other types of massage reflexology depends on zones and reflex areas and does not need oil or lotion.

ENT doctor William H. Fitzgerald, set up the concept of “zone therapy” in 1915, and American physiotherapist Eunice Ingham developed the modern reflexology in the 1930’s.

How Does Reflexology Work?

There are “reflex areas” on the feet and hands that are connected energetically to specific organs and body parts through energy channels in the body. The reflexologist applies pressure to reflex areas, which removes energy blockages and promotes health in the related body area.

Some examples of reflex areas and their corresponding body parts:

* The tips of the toes reflect the head

* The heart and chest are around the ball of the foot

* The liver, pancreas, and kidney are in the arch of the foot

* Low back and intestines are towards the heel

According to reflexologists, pressure on the reflex points also helps to balance the nervous system and stimulates the release of endorphins that help to reduce pain and stress.

Benefits of Reflexology

* It releases stress and stress-related conditions

* Helps in cases of tension headaches and migraines

* It is helpful in digestive disorders, constipation, arthritis and insomnia and back pain.

* Helps in some cases of hormonal imbalances

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