What is Reflexology? And Should You Try It?

What is Reflexology?

Reflexology, also known as Zone Therapy, is the science of stimulating energy pathways that correspond to specific points on the feet, hands, and ears which correspond to the glands, organs and various parts of the body.

The original method used various tools and clamps to stimulate the 7,200 nerve endings found on the feet. Today we simply use our hands, specifically our thumbs and fingers. Modern Reflexology as practiced in America came from Dr. William Fitzgerald, born in 1872, he learned about Zone Therapy, what Reflexology was called at the time, while studying and practicing in Europe. He eventually became the head of the Nose and Throat Department while on staff at the Central London Ears, Nose, and Throat Hospital.

However, It is an Ancient Modality.

As you can see from the wall painting depicted above. It’s dated from the 6th Dynasty 2390 B.C., and resides in the tomb of Ankhmahor (the Highest Official under the King) The Physicians tomb. The translation reads: “Don’t Hurt Me.” The practitioners reply, “I will act so you so you praise me”

What are the health benefits of Reflexology?


  • Relieves tension
  • Improves circulation and blood supply to the CNS
  • Enhances the ability of nutrition to enter the cells, and waste to leave the cells
  • Increases the flow of O2 throughout the body
  • Removes uric acid from the body
  • Helps the body achieve homeostasis. Overactive glands/organs are aided to return to normal. The same with underactive organs/glands.

Who Should Try Reflexology?

Everyone benefits including children, the elderly, and those with chronic or acute conditions.

A Reflexologist will take special care with expectant mothers, especially around the uterine area.

It is recommended that children have sessions shorter in duration but more frequently than adults.

It is safe for newborns and infants however instead of using the thumb to stimulate reflexes a Reflexologist will use the 2nd digit or index finger. Lighter pressure and touch is required.

Someone with a history of blood clots, should let their Reflexologist know.

Why it’s Safe  and Beneficial for Everyone:

Reflexology helps the body achieve homeostasis. Homeostasis is the way a living system maintains a stable internal environment. Homeostasis is key to sustaining life.

Overactive glands and organs are aided to return to normal. While, underactive, are aided to the same. However, if the system is in a normal condition it cannot become unbalanced due to the stimulating of reflexes.

Get started on your Reflexology Journey, call a Reflexologist today!

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