What is Reflexology Massage?
is a gentle form of therapeutic treatment applied to the feet and sometimes
to the hands. It evolved around 1913 from the work of Dr. William H.
Fitzgerald, an ear, nose and throat surgeon in the United States. Reflexology
is considered to be a holistic healing technique that aims to treat
the individual as a whole, in order to induce a state of balance and
harmony in body, mind and spirit.
Reflexology is based on the belief that there are reflex areas on the
feet (and hands) corresponding to all the parts of the body including
major organs. It is believed that applying pressure to specific areas
on the feet, hands and ears can affect internal organs and body systems,
and therefore promote good health.
The therapist stimulates and works on these organs and systems through
the reflex areas on the hands and feet, applying pressure to the feet
with thumb and fingers. Pressure is applied to clear out congestion
and restore normal functioning and health.
Reflexology was brought to America in the early 1900s by Chinese immigrants.
A treatment usually lasts between 40 minutes and 1 hour.
Benefits of Reflexology
Reflexology has many benefits. It feels good. It is pleasant and soothing,
and it relaxes the body. Each person responds to a reflexology in a
unique way and on occasion may experience a variety of short-term reactions;
for example, extreme relaxation, tiredness, lethargy or tearfulness.
Reflexology is not a "cure-all." However, it does help relieve
pain associated with migraine, sinus problems, breathing disorders,
digestive problems, circulatory problems, back problems, tension and