Reflexology PictureReflexology Defined: The use of acupressure and massage on specific reflex points of the feet and hands to relieve pain and tension in other parts of the body. The reflexes found in the feet are considered to be the most important and effective.

Reflexology, also known as zone therapy, has been used for centuries. The earliest references can be found in hieroglyphics in Egypt dating back to 2300 B.C. While a complete understanding of reflexology wasn’t depicted in the ancient Physician’s Tomb at Saqqara, it did show the Egyptians saw health related benefits through foot and hand massage. With further research into the body’s nervous system and reflexes during the 19th century, the hieroglyphs of Saqqara began to make sense to other cultures in Europe.

An American Physician, Dr. William Fitzgerald, used those European influences and introduced zone therapy to the US. As he developed his findings, he found that direct pressure to certain reflex points caused a therapeutic effect in his patients. His research was carried on through individuals like Eunice Ingram who is responsible for how the technique is used today.

Reflexology can be a therapeutic complementary form of health care for many different medical problems. The most notable benefit is the ability to access internal points in the body unreachable through other massage techniques; specifically, organs and glands. The following are just some of the common body issues that can be helped through reflexology:

  • Digestion Problems
  • Hormone Imbalance
  • Poor Sleep Patterns
  • Circulatory System Issues
  • Emotional and Physical Stress

It is my personal belief that the best way to retain optimal health is through a balance of western medicine and complementary holistic therapy. While it is always the choice of the individual, I will always suggest seeing your doctor for any health issue you may suffer from.

Amanda Mae Ward, CMT, Certified Reflexologist