Reflexology is a complementary therapy that works usually on the feet to help heal the whole person, not just the prevailing symptoms. It is a gentle, non-invasive therapy that encourages the body to work naturally to restore its own healthy balance.
The most concrete evidence of the practice of reflexology in ancient culture was the discovery of the wall-painting (below) depicting the practice of hand and foot reflexology in the tomb of Ankhmahor at Saqqara, which is also known as the Physician’s tomb. This Egyptian wall painting is dated at the 6th dynasty, about 2330 B.C.. Prior to this discovery, it was widely believed that reflexology had ancient origins and frequent conjecture was made about its relationship to and development alongside the ancient Oriental practices of shiatsu and acupuncture.
Benefits of Reflexology
While reflexology does not claim to diagnose or cure illnesses, it has been shown to be effective in alleviating numerous disorders, including:
Back and neck pain
Specifically, there are four principal benefits to regular reflexology treatments:
- Injury Rehabilitation: Reflexology helps stop further deterioration of a malfunctioning (injured) area of the body.
- Biological Correction: Reflexology helps the body realign itself into a state of homeostasis or balance.
- Biological Reinforcement: Reflexology helps to strengthen all body systems for greater resistance to illness.
- High Maintenance: Reflexology helps to maintain good health on a regular basis.