What is Reflexology?
Reflexology, also known as Zone Therapy, is a healing method involving the practice of a pressure and
release technique called bites. Bites are used to help clear the nerve endings in the feet and hands, of little
crystals and calcium deposits, that naturally form due to our genetics, environment and diet.
Reflexology will not make any condition more acute. Only the hands are used, making it a safe, simple, yet
effective practice to better health, without the use of gadgets.
The History of Reflexology.
The idea behind reflexology is not new - in fact, it was practiced as early as 2330 B.C. by the Egyptian culture.
The papyrus seen below is a copy of artwork that was found in a physician's tomb at Saqqara, in Egypt. Note
that the figures are clearly performing foot and hand reflexology. The hieroglyphics translates: "Don't hurt
me." The practitioner's reply is, "I shall act so you praise me."
Many civilizations have practiced reflexology. Evidence of this has been documented on four continents: Asia,
Europe, Africa and North America. The most common theory is that the earliest form of reflexology originated
in China, as much as 5000 years ago. The early Toaists are credited with originating many Chinese health
practices. Traditional East Asian foot reflexology is called Zoku Shin Do. The roots of the Zoku Shin Do go
back to ancient China. Many changes took place in zone therapy, or reflexology, as new knowledge was
added. In China, reflexology reached a new level. The practice of acupressure using the fingers lead to the
practice of acupuncture using needles.
The Cherokee tribes of North America to this day practice a form of reflexology that they continue to pass on
to future generations.
The precursor of modern reflexology was introduced to the United States in 1913 by William H. Fitzgerald, M.D.
(1872-1942) and Dr. Edwin Bowers. Dr Fitzgerald, an ear, nose and throat specialist, claimed that applying
pressure to certain parts of the feet had an anesthetic effect on other areas of the body.
Reflexology is a unique modality in the health field. Its purpose is not to treat or diagnose for any specific
medical disorder, but to promote better health and well being in the same way as an exercise or diet program.
Its practice should not be compared to massage or any other kind of manipulative procedure.
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