Reflexology is an ancient, holistic, healing practice that is a gentle art and fascinating science. It is at its best when working with the whole body rather than specific conditions since the body is connected head to toe. It helps to create an environment that supports the body in balancing the body’s functions, relieving tension, alleviating stress, and improving nerve functioning and blood supply throughout the body by using the meridians (invisible energy lines) in the feet. It supports the body with the elimination of waste products and helping to prevent a build up of toxins in the organs that impede health.
Reflexology has been used in China, India, and as early as 2300 B.C. in Egypt, as found in paintings in the Physician’s Tomb. Reflexology gained popularity in America due to the work of Dr. William Fitzgerald, who divided the body into zones and provided pressure on a specific part of the foot to address conditions elsewhere in the body. Dr. Fitzgerald and Dr. Bowers published their findings as Zone Therapy. The Chinese have used the meridians found in the feet to effect changes on the organs of the body via acupuncture.
Though both modalities maintain that there is an energy block, the reflexologist works with her thumbs and hands on the client’s feet, hands, and/or ears to produce a positive outcome. The acupuncturist uses needles and points throughout the whole body to effect the changes needed.