The history of reflexology has been found, as far back as inscriptions and pictographs created on the tomb of Ankhmahor in 2500BC. In 1917 Dr William Fitzgerald, who was an ear, nose and throat surgeon, was credited with being the founder of ‘zone therapy’.
He divided the body into 10 zones running longitudinal. Later, Eunice Ingham, 1889-1974, who was a physiotherapist, used Dr Fitzgerald’s zone therapy method to develop charts and theories called ‘The Ingham Method’, which forms the basis of modern western reflexology.
Reflexology is a simple, safe and effective form of non-invasive holistic healing, based on the principle that the organs, glands and parts of the body are represented with reflex points on the feet, hands and ears and by stimulating these points using fingers, thumbs and knuckles, there will be a direct effect on the corresponding organ.
Being a holistic form of healing, reflexology approaches healthcare and recognises that apart from physical factors, such as pathogens or trauma, there is an inter-relationship between mind, body and spirit, which contribute to the creation of disease and the recovery of health.
Having reflexology can complement the allopathic approach by being part of the healing process.
Some benefits are listed below:
- Relieve stress and tension
- Promote deep relaxation and a sense of wellbeing
- Improve nerve and blood supply and lymphatic flow
- Cleanse toxins from the body
- Improve oxygen and nutrient delivery to the cells
- Promote balance and normal body functioning
- Assist in pain control
- Increase energy levels
- Re-energise body, mind and soul
- Improve the quality of sleep; deeper and calmer