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is a natural healing art based on the principle that there are reflexes in the hands, feet and ears that correspond to every part, gland and organ
of the body.
application of pressure on these reflexes, reflexology relieves tension,
circulation and promotes the natural function of the related areas of the
times we stimulated reflexes naturally by walking barefoot over rocks,
stones and rough ground, or by using our hands more often to climb, build
or work. In today’s modern world we have lost much of nature’s way of maintaining
a balanced and healthy equilibrium. Reflexology helps to restore this balance
and promote natural health and vitality.
Reflexology does not diagnose or treat specific ailments by definition, it has
proven highly successful over time to relieve symptoms or ease pain or
discomfort that have manifested themselves physically in the body - either as a
result of stress, trauma or disease.
has been practiced for thousands of years in such places as India, China
and Egypt. An ancient Egyptian wall painting of the 6th Dynasty (approx.2400
B.C.) found at Saqqara in the tomb of Ankhmahor, an ancient Egyptian physician,
depicts two men working on the feet and hands of two other men.
has been used as a healing therapy by the North American native people for
generations, and was thought to have been passed down by the Inca civilization.
popularity of Reflexology.
has enjoyed a lot of popularity recently for several reasons. Firstly, today we
are exposed to high levels of stress in our jobs, our homes and travels. Stress
is without a doubt one of the main causes of physical and mental pain and
suffering, as well as contributing to making symptoms of other diseases or
conditions much worse. Reflexology is a great stress reducer. Secondly, even though many people are trying to eat
organic or healthy foods, even those 'healthy' foods grown today are grown in
soil conditions that are greatly depleted in basic minerals and nutrients
compared to the days of our grandparents. This means that even though people are
trying to improve their diet, it is not easy to do. This lack of minerals
combined with stress puts more pressure on our immune system and health.
Reflexology works to allow the body to work to heal itself and normalize
functions. Thirdly, people are turning more and
more to alternative or natural health care which focuses on pro-active
maintenance and holistic or entire body well-being. Traditional 'western'
medicine tends to focus on reactive and specific treatment of disease or
symptoms. Reflexology offers an all natural therapy which does not require
anything other than gentle manipulation to stimulate the body's natural healing
mechanisms to normalize and heal. It is relatively easy to learn, and is quickly
becoming one of the most popular methods of natural therapy primarily due to the
enthusiasm of those who have found and realized the benefits.