The art of Reflexology dates back to 5,000 years ago. It’s believed its roots are in Egypt and then later to Asia. It has ties to TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine). Observations were made when stimulating the feet which brought about positive changes in the body. By the late 19th century, ‘Zone Therapy’ explored more details of the map of the body represented on the areas of the feet. Further research was done in the U.S. by doctors in the early 20th century, mapping out the reflex points over the years, and it was named Reflexology.
The principal is that every part, gland and organ of the body is mirrored on the hands and feet. Reflexology is the physical act of applying pressure to the feet with specific finger, thumb and hand techniques without the use of oil or lotion on the feet, with a premise that such work affects a physical change in the body.
HOW IT WORKS
With this induced relaxation and reduced stress, several things occur that enable stimulation to the different systems of the body. It slows down the heart rate, reduces blood pressure, increases blood flow to the muscles and decreases muscle tension.
SYSTEMS OF THE BODY –
The systems of the body entail their own organs, glands or parts that work in conjunction with each system. These systems work with each other. Here’s an outline of the systems of the body:
Digestive – Storing, absorbing and processing our consumption of foods and their nutrients and toxins
Endocrine – Glands secreting hormones into the bloodstream
Immune – On the defense, identifying and attempting to eliminate unfamiliar bacteria, virus and infection
Lymphatic – Cleans blood and fights infection
Nervous – Connects all the body’s glands, organs, muscles and parts; Communicates stress, pain or healing
Reproductive – Produces and secretes hormones, fertilizes eggs, develops fetus until birth
Respiratory – Exchange oxygen to carbon dioxide and enables breathing
Skeletal – Composes of every bone in the body
Urinary – Filters, maintains and eliminates waste
We are merely facilitators of the movement of energy, understanding that the better the movement of energy is in the body, the better position it is to heal.