Reflexology is a non-invasive holistic therapy in which techniques similar to acupressure and massage are used on “reflex” points on the feet and/or hands. Reflexologists posit that the blockage of an energy field, invisible life force or qi can prevent healing. This concept that the body is mirrored or “reflected” on the hands and feet, and each of the reflex points represent a specific part of the body, enables the stimulation of these reflex points, and has an effect on the related part of the body. Reflexology will assist the body to maintain good health or will help attain good health through stimulation of the body’s own healing forces.
Through touch, the therapist’s hands have the ability to detect imbalances in the feet which indicate blockages or changes in the energy channels which run through the body. By applying gentle pressure to these points with thumbs or fingers, the therapist can stimulate the flow of energy, clearing blockages and helping the body to achieve its own state of equilibrium and good health.
The origins of reflexology is not known, but the earliest attestation to a similar health technique can be found in an illustration on the walls of the physician’s tomb at Saqqara in Egypt.
Many civilisations have practiced reflexology. Evidence of this has been documented on four continents: Asia, Europe, Africa, and North America. The most common theory is that the earliest form of reflexology originated in China, as much as 5000 years ago. The early Taoists are credited with originating many Chinese health practises.
The Cherokee tribes of North America to this day practise a form of reflexology that they continue to pass from generation to generation.
In today’s stress-filled world, it is known that this stress is a causative factor in many different ailments. Reflexology gives the body “time-out”, a chance to relax not only the body but also the mind and soul, and reduce these stress levels, and therefore prevent further deterioration. It helps us take responsibility for our own health.
Reflexology is a complementary therapy. While it can be used as a beneficial treatment on its own, it can also be used in conjunction with other complementary and holistic therapies as well as with conventional medical care.
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