Written by: Liz Paton, MSc
History of Foot Reflexology
Reflexology is an ancient form of therapy, believed to have been practised in China and Egypt as early as 2330 B.C. Reflexology is the holistic practice of applying pressure to points on the feet, hands, face and ears. Today it is also referred to as zone therapy.
Our feet contain thousands of nerves, therefore connecting them to several other parts of our body. Foot reflexology involves applying pressure to reflex points of the foot by using massage techniques to stimulate corresponding regions of the body, which can promote healing to those areas and relieve stress.
Benefits of Foot Reflexology
There are several benefits to foot reflexology. People often seek reflexology treatment to address conditions such as insomnia, headaches, stress, digestive disorders, arthritis, back pain, multiple sclerosis, injuries and more.
It is believed to promote relaxation, more restful sleep and relieve stress by stimulating the release of endorphins, which are associated with feelings of euphoria.
Endorphins also help relieve your brain’s perception of pain and therefore foot reflexology is useful in treating headaches, neck pain, migraines, back pain and other ailments. Foot reflexology can also lower blood pressure and help stimulate blood circulation, which promotes healing of damaged tissue.
Common Foot Reflexology Zones
There are various reflex zones and corresponding body areas in the foot. Some of the common areas from the toes to the heel include the following: Tops of the toes correspond to the head; more specifically, the brain, sinuses, eyes and ears. The ball of the foot is associated with the heart and lungs. The arch of the foot corresponds to organs such as the liver, pancreas, spleen and kidneys. As you move further down the foot, to the heel, reflex zones correspond to the low back and intestines.
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