History of Reflexology
The earliest evidence dates back to Egypt 3000BC, with a tomb painting near Cairo. Temple stone carvings were found in Japan 700BC of Buddha’s upturned feet. China’s Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) dates back 1000’s of years using pressure points on the hands & feet for healing the whole body holistically. Qi (or Chi), also known as, vital energy, air, breath and steam are all essential for life.
Qi blockages are the route cause to ill health. All TCM methods such as Acupuncture, Acupressure, Tuina and Reflexology aim to unblock these stagnations improving Qi flow and rebalance energies. This is a principle by which Reflexology works today. During the 1930’s Eunice Ingham developed the foot chart we use in the west today. This then brings us up to present day where the AoR, Association of Reflexology, has been the leading association since 1984. The AoR keeps up to date with health issues and research and abides by a strict code of conduct and ethics.
The body is made up of energy as well as the physical, mental and emotional being. When the whole being is in balance this energy flows freely. Life often leads to stress and tension, interrupting the lovely free flow of energy which, if not relieved, may eventually result in a physical, mental or emotional disorder. Reflexology, Tuina, Bach Flower Essences and many other holistic therapies encourage relaxation, giving the body tools to heal its self and release blockages found within us.
How does Reflexology work?
Reflexology works in a very subtle yet powerful way to aid the well being of the person. A Reflexologist uses light or strong pressure on Reflex points on the feet or hands, which mirror body organs and systems. For example, the area on the big toe relates to the head and neck and the area just underneath the little toe relates to the shoulder. The treatment will be unique to each person, concentrating on specific areas that need attention.