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What is Reflexology and how can it help me?

Reflexology is a natural healing art based on the fact that there are reflexes in the head, hands and feet mapped to every part of the body including glands, organs and systems. There are approximately 7,200 nerve endings on the bottom of each foot, which have connections through the sciatic nerve to the spinal cord and brain. Reflex points are stimulated primarily with the thumb and index finger using gentle manipulation or pressing on certain parts of the head, hands and predominantly the foot to produce an effect elsewhere in the body.

Evidence of reflexology dates back to ancient Egypt, India, China, and the Americans with etchings found in Egyptian Pyramids, tombs and other ruins.

Reflexology has the ability to stimulate glands and organs to recalibrate them to optimal production; massage areas of the body that can’t be reached by traditional body work; highly effective in reducing stress and pain; puts the client into a deep relaxed state and clears energy blockages that could be the cause of disease. When the body is in a relaxed state it has the ability to initiate its self-healing potential.

The main objective of reflexology is to:

  • Relieve stress and tension
  • Improve circulation by stimulating blood supply, unblocking nerve impulses
  • Normalise and balance the body
  • Assist the body’s natural defences against illness.
Painting from the tomb of Ankhmahor

This wall painting is dated approximately 2,330 B.C. early 6th Dynasty. It depicts the practice of hand and foot reflexology in the tomb of Ankhmahor (highest official after the Pharaoh) at Saqqara, known as the physicians’ tomb. Prior to the discovery of the painting, it was widely believed that Reflexology had ancient origins along with the Oriental practices of shiatsu and acupuncture. Some researchers believe that Reflexology is over 5,500 years old.

LEARN MORE | REFLEXOLOGY

What is Reflexology and how can it help me?

Reflexology is a natural healing art based on the fact that there are reflexes in the head, hands and feet mapped to every part of the body including glands, organs and systems. There are approximately 7,200 nerve endings on the bottom of each foot, which have connections through the sciatic nerve to the spinal cord and brain. Reflex points are stimulated primarily with the thumb and index finger using gentle manipulation or pressing on certain parts of the head, hands and predominantly the foot to produce an effect elsewhere in the body.

Evidence of reflexology dates back to ancient Egypt, India, China, and the Americans with etchings found in Egyptian Pyramids, tombs and other ruins.

Reflexology has the ability to stimulate glands and organs to recalibrate them to optimal production; massage areas of the body that can’t be reached by traditional body work; highly effective in reducing stress and pain; puts the client into a deep relaxed state and clears energy blockages that could be the cause of disease. When the body is in a relaxed state it has the ability to initiate its self-healing potential.

The main objective of reflexology is:

  • Relieve stress and tension
  • Improve circulation by stimulating blood supply, unblocking nerve impulses
  • Normalise and balance the body
  • Assist the body’s natural defences against illness.

Client reactions include:

  • Improved bowel/bladder function
  • Stirring up of toxins so that the body can eliminate them 
  • Improved sleep
  • Deep relaxation 
  • Revitalized/energized feeling
  • Feet feel much lighter
  • Improved circulation by stimulating blood supply, unblocking nerve impulses which leads to
  • Relieves aches and pains elsewhere in the body 
  • Emotional release
Painting from the tomb of Ankhmahor

This wall painting is dated approximately 2,330 B.C. early 6th Dynasty. It depicts the practice of hand and foot reflexology in the tomb of Ankhmahor (highest official after the Pharaoh) at Saqqara, known as the physicians’ tomb. Prior to the discovery of the painting, it was widely believed that Reflexology had ancient origins along with the Oriental practices of shiatsu and acupuncture. Some researchers believe that Reflexology is over 5,500 years old.

reflexology map of the feet

Reflexologists are not doctors and do not diagnose or prescribe; it is used as a complimentary therapy.