Reflexology, also known as zone therapy or acupressure, dates back to ancient China and Egypt, and is documented in ancient medical texts as far back as 4000 B.C. Similar to acupuncture's potential benefits and methodology, reflexology uses pressure rather than needles to activate points and organs throughout the body to relieve pain, stimulate circulation, and bring balance to the bodily systems.
Much like acupuncture, reflexology is not based on pure scientific fact, but rather a millennia of trial and error, patterns, and an elaborate mapping of the energies of the body. Its benefits range from stress relief and relaxation to increased blood circulation.
Generalities aside, just because we cannot prove a response does not necessarily negate the wide ranging potential benefits that reflexology may provide. Reflexology is said to stimulate individual organs and bodily symptoms, remove blockages, and reverse disease.
In line with a traditional holistic mentality, if we view disease as an imbalance or blockage in the body versus a diagnosis, this means once we remove this blockage and allow the energy to flow freely, the symptoms will subside and health will be restored.
Benefits of Reflexology:
Reflexology is most commonly practiced on the feet where the meridian channels end and all come together. Concentrated in these areas, we can access every organ and system in the body.
When it comes to our feet, these points can be accessed through the soles of our feet as well as the tops. Simplified, there are four main areas of the soles of the feet that correspond to organs relating to the head and neck, spine, chest, and pelvic areas. The left foot corresponds to the left side of the body, and the right foot, the right side of the body.