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Holistic Options: Learn About Your Reflexologist

by Lou-Ann Jordan Aug 12, 2019

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Most types of complementary and alternative (CAM) medicine dates back to ancient times. 

The art of reflexology is said to have its genesis in ancient Egypt and Asia.  It found its way to the west in the early 1900s when Dr William Fitzgerald developed zone therapy.  In the 1930s physiotherapist, Eunice Ingham transformed zone therapy into reflexology.

Reflexology is built on the premise that the reflex area on the feet and hands are linked to other areas and organs of the body that share the same zone.  Thus, tension in any part of the foot is mirrored in other parts of the body. 

This form of CAM is often confused with massage therapy because massage therapists have been known to employ reflexology techniques.  However, the two are not equal. 

Primarily massage therapists manipulate soft tissue and do not work on the feet.  A reflexologist focuses their treatment on the feet, hands, face and ears.  Using a foot chart they work with their fingers and thumbs to apply gentle but firm pressure on specific areas. 

Although reflexologists do not cure, diagnose or prescribe medication, the treatment is said to help the body restore its balance.  Also, there is no age restriction for this form of therapy; it can be received by anyone, at any age.

As a growing profession, there may only be a few reflexologists in our region.  Yet, there are opportunities to experience a scaled version of the treatment as other CAM practitioners do employ it.  Your local osteopath, chiropractor or massage therapist may offer reflexology therapy. 

You may be wondering why you should seek out reflexology treatment.  According to studies done by to the US National Health Institutes and the US National Cancer Institute, here are eight reasons:

  • Promotes relaxation
  • Releases tension
  • Mitigates stress
  • Reduces pain and fatigue
  • Calms emotions
  • Elevates mood
  • Restores balance and harmony
  • Aids in palliative care for cancer patients

Lastly, in most countries, reflexologists like all other CAM practitioners require a license to practice.  So you can look out for it on your next visit or ask if it’s not on display. 

We know, you’re itching or your feet are, to give reflexology treatment a try. Search our Findyello to find a practitioner near you!

Sources: Mayo Clinic, Association of Reflexologists and Organic Daily Post