Hieroglyphics dating back as 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. He used Zone therapy, as it was called, to deaden pain. Reflexology has been established and widely accepted in many countries. Although it has taken many years, it is now gaining acceptance. Certain employers and Insurance companies are now recognizing it and allowing, people to get their money back for it.
Reflexology is a natural healing art, based on the principle that there are reflex points in the hands and feet which correspond to every part, gland and organ of the body. 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. Techniques such as kneading, twisting, rotating, gentle squeezing and alternating pressure are used to release stress and tension and increase the circulation. It is very important for the blood 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 allows 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 as an alternative, but as a complimentary therapy.