What is Reflexology?
Reflexology Mystery Origins?
Reflexology is shrouded in a spa myth that it originated in Asia as part of Traditional Chinese Medicine or (TCM).
Its modern-day form is an American invention. In 1917, William Fitzgerald, M.D., posited his “zone theory,” that the body could be divided into ten longitudinal zones and that pressure on one part of a zone could affect everything else in it. Later, during the 1930s, physical therapist Eunice Ingham applied this idea specifically to the feet.
Good to Know:
During a reflexology session, you’re clothed and maybe either seated or lying down. The therapist then rubs, presses on, and squeezes points on your feet.
Therapists may concentrate on specific areas to alleviate ailments (if you have sinus trouble, for instance, she’ll focus on your toes) or work on the whole feet with the aim of strengthening every system in the body.
In Reflexology, the belief is that by stimulating points on the feet, corresponding organs can be affected
Before you go:
Reflexology involves kneading the soft fleshy ball of the foot, pulling on the toes, tracing around the heel, and pushing deep into the arch. These are just a few of the many small, intense movements you’ll experience.
While some spots may feel more sensitive than others, reflexologists will often say that pain indicates blocks in the energy pathways or weak organs and isn’t due to the pressure of the touch.
In addition to manipulating the pressure points on the foot, reflexologists sometimes work on hands or ears to trigger relaxation.
Some people say they feel hot or cold sensations. There is still some debate regarding reflexology’s effectiveness, but even if nothing happens above your ankles, it’s still a deeply relaxing massage.
There’s the Rub
Just to be clear: a foot rub is not reflexology therapy.
Reflexology practitioners need to know the “zone theory,” just where the body is mapped on the foot.
Complete training in a reflexology program, which outlines the principles of acupressure and body’s energy pathways is desirable. Typical programs require a minimum of 200 training hours for certification.
Ask your reflexologist about their training to be assured of a quality massage.