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 insomniaheadachesstressdigestive disordersarthritisback painmultiple sclerosisinjuries 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 headachesneck painmigrainesback pain and other ailments. Foot reflexology can also lower blood pressure and help stimulate blood circulation, which promotes healing to 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 brainsinuseseyes 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 liverpancreasspleen and kidneys. As you move further down the foot, to the heel, reflex zones correspond to the low back and intestines. 

You can learn more about the several reflexology zones by viewing a detailed foot reflexology chart! 

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