Reflexology and massage therapy is a classical mode of treatment which has gained popularity in many parts of the world. Their usage in herbal medicine practice is central.
At first I found this kind of treatment peculiar and called it sheer superstition—I mean there was no way a person could massage your body and touch your feet then he tell you what you are suffering from and prescribe your medication.
It was only until my ailing father, who had struggled with back problems for years was massaged right on his feet, got diagnosed and consequently healed that I realised the healing power of reflexology and massage.
Reflexology is an ancient healing art based on the principles that there are reflexes in the hands and feet that correspond to every part, organ and gland in the body.
Massage in itself is the manipulation of a certain part of the body to bring relaxation of the muscles and nerve endings. Massage has predominantly been a primary tool used in reflexology treatments.
This whole body treatment was first introduced in the West by Dr. William Fitzgerald in 1913. At this time Dr. Fitzgerald was a medical professional, working as an ear, nose and throat specialist and surgeon.
However, when working with patients’ feet, the doctor noted that when he applied pressure to specific parts, it sometimes affected another portion of the body in a positive way.
Working from this newfound theory, Dr. Fitzgerald created his first reflexology chart. He divided the body into ten vertical zones.
The zones traced reflexes on the hands and feet, and noted that when pressure was applied to these “zones” other areas and organs of the body responded.
However, others take a more mystical approach, believing that “life energy” can be blocked or put into imbalance, and reflexology corrects this.
We all know that having our feet massaged feels good - especially after a hard day’s work. Good feelings do release endorphins that decrease stress. Why not try reflexology for body healing, relaxation and revitalization?