Reflexology massage therapy is a healing art by applying pressure using fingers (usually thumbs), on feet and hands (sometime in ear lobs) to activate reflex points of the organs in the body.
Reflexology showing positive impact on promoting self-healing and relieves illness, also alleviates the sources of illness.
Reflexology is the holistic alternative healing technique by massaging the areas in the feet and hands, which corresponds to the reflexes of the parts or organ. By precise massaging, reflexology can stimulate circulation, induce relaxation and enable homeostasis (remain stable). This encourages the person's own healing systems to maintain well being.
During development of reflexology, it was recognized that the reflexes on the feet and hands were an exact mirror image of the organs of the body. It is sufficient to say that it has stood the test of time and has helped thousands of people to have better health.
Literally, reflexology means “Reflex” is an involuntary or instinctive movement in response to a “stimulus” or in the sense of reflection or mirror image. The reflexes on our feet and hands act as mirror images of the body.
According to the American Medical Association, 85% of illnesses are contributing by stress and tension. Reflexology can induce relaxation and clearing this nervous stress and tension and induce self-healing.
History of Reflexology
The origin of Reflexology was dating back as much as 5000 years ago by ancient Egyptians (2300 B.C.), as evidenced by inscriptions found in the physician’s tomb at Saqqara in Egypt. The Physicians Temple in Nara, Japan shows evidence of reflexology practiced in Japan until 690 A.D.
Reflexology spread across India, Japan, and China. Traditional East Asian foot reflexology formerly knows as Zoku Shin Do in Japan. It is the foot massage technique practiced by Japanese. The roots of Zoku Shin Do go back to China over 5000 years ago.
There is no clear relationship is finding between the ancient version of reflexology practices by early Egyptians, and the modern reflexology that we are practicing today. Because there are different practices with a different manipulation of the feet to restore health or to maintain good health have been use throughout the world.
Reflexology was further refined in the 1930s and 1940s by Eunice D. Ingham, a nurse and physiotherapist. Ingham described that the feet and the hands were more sensitive, and mapped the entire body into "reflexes" on the feet.