Hieroglyphics dating back to 2330 BC indicate that Reflexology has deep roots. India and China have similar evidence. In 1913, Reflexology was brought to North America by William Fitzgerald, an M.D. in Connecticut. Zone therapy, aka Reflexology, has anesthetic qualities. Reflexology has taken many years to gain acceptance and is known worldwide. Certain employers and insurance companies now recognize it and allow people to get their money back for it.
Reflexology represents the belief that reflex points in the hands and feet correspond to every body part, gland and organ. The feet have more reflex points than the hands. Many perform it on the feet for this reason.
The reflexologist stimulates the reflexes during the treatment by applying pressure using the thumbs and fingers. Kneading, twisting, rotating, gentle squeezing and alternating pressure techniques are used to release stress and tension and increase circulation. The blood needs to flow freely. It carries oxygen and nutrients to all cells. Stress can reduce the blood flow. Circulation can become sluggish.
Doctors agree that stress causes 80% of all health problems. A reflexology treatment stimulates more than 7000 nerves. The body has built-in mechanisms for cleansing itself. If these energies become blocked, i.e. (Meridian lines) or function improperly, toxins and waste matter are allowed to build up. By deepening relaxation (enhancing the parasympathetic system), Reflexology enables all body systems to function more efficiently.
Reflexology balances the whole-body system. The technical term homeostasis means "being in balance." For the human body to be healthy, everything must work together. Reflexology can work in harmony with other methods and should not be considered an alternative but a complementary therapy.