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Reflexology is a discipline based on one key fact : some specific parts of the feet, hands and ears are directly linked to organs and systems of the body. Starting from this hypothesis, reflexology consists in applying gentle pressure on those exact parts of the feet, hands and ears in order to create a stimulus to which the related organ/system will respond.
A bit of history:
Similar healing techniques have been used over the times in Asia and Egypt. There is no extensive documentation from those times directly treating of reflexology, however, specialists link this practice to Qi. Qi, pronounced “Chee”, is the life energy. Oriental medicine indicates that there is a flow of energy crossing everything that is alive, including the human body. When the flow is harmonious and continuous, everything is fine, if something disrupts this flow, a physical problem appears.That’s when reflexology at home, or practiced by a specialist, steps in to balance the flow and make it go back serenely.
Back closer in time, reflexology has been introduced in the USA by Dr William Fitzgerald in the early 20th century as “zone therapy” ; he suggested that applying a gentle pressure on a specific part of the feet can generate relief to the corresponding zone. In 1930, Eunice Ingham, a nurse and physiotherapist, developed the reflexology chart as we know it today and that helps reflexologists and people doing reflexology at home.
The medical results of reflexology are still a passionate debate among the scientific community.
There’s no clear evidence of reflexology effectiveness on any medical condition.
As of today, reflexology is a non-intrusive complementary health therapy, however, specialists are raising awareness on the benefits of this therapy and it’s growing more and more popular worldwide.
Some health benefits linked to reflexology include stimulating nerve function, increasing levels of energy, creating a deep feeling of relaxation, relieving migraines and headaches, cleaning the urines, speeding up the healing process and even relieving pregnancy and labor pains.
Although the results could not be proven scientifically, as stated above, this discipline has been going on for ages and getting more and more enthusiasts : surely those people felt and noticed the benefits of reflexology on their health.
Reflexology at home or at the reflexologist?
Going to visit a reflexologist surely has its advantages: the experience, the knowledge, being taken care of and guaranteed moment of wellness, however, reflexology at home can be a good alternative for those who are really willing to invest themselves on this wellness path. Reflexology at home can be shared and practiced by partners/family, it’s cheaper, you learn to “feel” your body and you can achieve some nice results. Also a nice fact for mums with active children : through reflexology at home and massaging your children’s feet, you can calm them down, lower the level of stress and induce a better quality of sleep.
The Qi in indeed a very unique concept, but if you think about it, the human body is also a proof that balance is essential: when you have a migraine, your stomach is ok, but you generally feel not well and vice versa.
Feet are proven to be an extremely sensitive part of the body (ticklish, ticklish?) and by using the invisible connections between the feet, hands, ears and the organs, a high level of physical and mental wellness can be achieved, so why not to try ?
There are plenty of resources to get acquainted with this therapy and also, for sure, there is going to be a reflexology institute in your surroundings, it’s maybe something you want to consider for a better overall health.
Alternatively, you can also try reflexology at home by using this Foot Therapy Combo by The Body Back Company; there are several self-massage tools but this kit includes a reflexology chart, which is handy to understand where you need to apply the pressure and what organ it’s linked to. A nice starter pack for reflexology at home: