What is Foot Reflexology?
Foot Reflexology is designed to help promote the overall health and well-being of the individual’s body.
It is founded on the idea that there are certain points within your feet and hands that correlate to different glands, functions and organs within the body.
It is taught that through the practice of reflexology, massaging certain points in the body will help to deliver a healing benefit.
For those who use reflexology, it helps to maintain a sense of homeostasis, which is an inner balance providing the body with the ability to function properly.
Foot Reflexology Zones
Reflexology takes the body and divides it into various zones, which begin from the top of your head and run all the way to the bottom of your feet.
There are 10 different zones in your body, which equate to five on each side.
Reflex points found on your feet represent all of the reflex zones.
Some parts of your body are found on both feet, such as your brain, which is represented by the reflex areas within your toes.
Organs such as the kidneys, stomach, gallbladder and pancreas are only on one foot.
During the early 1900s, Dr. William Fitzgerald was the one who introduced zone theory to the world.
After going to one of the seminars Fitzgerald taught, Joe Riley decided to begin forming his own research on all of the different reflex zones.
Riley began working alongside a physical therapist, Eunice Ingham, who further expanded the reflex theory and developed the methods for stimulating the reflexes in the feet.
Ingham traveled abroad for a large number of years lecturing on reflexology and showing others her methods.
What Is Foot Reflexology Massage
Most of the time, people use foot reflexology to treat stress and tension.
In turn, that relief can help to prevent and relieve any diseases or symptoms attributed to stress.
Those who are dealing with chronic stress can end up with a variety of different health conditions, such as:
- heart disease,
- autoimmune diseases,
- digestive problems
- and any other type of pain.
As such Reflexology helps to dissolve tension and release any energy that is blocked inside of the body.
For those who are suffering with headaches of any type, reflexology can help alleviate the signs and symptoms associated with headaches.
Thanks to massaging various points in the foot, you can help dissolve tension throughout your spine and relieve the symptoms of headaches at the same time.
Some individuals who suffer with cancer will feel an immediate release from anxiety and pain thanks to reflexology.
Insomnia sufferers will find a peaceful night’s sleep after undergoing reflexology treatment.
When you go in for a session, they will massage the points on both of your feet.
Depending upon what your individual needs are, you will spend anywhere from 45 minutes up to an hour per session.
After one session, you will feel the benefits for up to five days.
Benefits of Reflexology Foot Massage
Every person will feel the effects of the session differently.
Based upon your individual health issues, the length of treatment and frequency of visits will vary.
This information is general and not meant to be any type of diagnosis.
For a professional opinion please visit your medical practitioner or care giver.