History and Benefits of Reflexology

Reflexology is an ancient technique of applying pressure to reflex points of the feet and hands. This ancient healing art has been traced back to ancient China. Archeologists have found stone-carved stone reflexology charts of Buddha’s feet dating to around 40 B.C. For more background on the history of reflexology see Sokushin Do History.
Foot reflexology later traveled to Japan during the Tang dynasty and spread in other parts of Asia such as present day Korea and Thailand. Egyptian hieroglyphics discovered in the tomb of Ankhmahor, a ka-priest from 2400 BC, depict a foot and hand reflexology treatment in progress.

Foot Reflexology became part of mainstream medical therapy in India, and flourished in European countries such as Germany where the course of study is comparable to that of a medical physician. Reflexology eventually found its way to America and was popularized when Eunice Ingham published her best-selling book, "Stories The Feet Can Tell".

The reflexology pressure points found on the hands and feet act as a map for healing the anatomy. Knowledge of these maps has been preserved by many cultures throughout history.
The systematic application of pressure to the reflexology points stimulates the body’s ability to rejuvenate and heal itself. Hand and Foot Reflexology treatments open the subtle electrical channels that become blocked due to emotional and physical imbalances.

Foot pain, foot tenderness or foot numbness indicates what system of the body may have become imbalanced. Reflexology addresses these imbalances and brings the root of the imbalance into awareness.

Creating a physiological change in the body improving circulation and thereby reducing stress, reflexology aids in the elimination of body waste and restores body function to improve health.
Working on a cellular level to rebalance the body, nourish the cells with nutrients, alter the cellular memory of emotions, and change the electrical vibration in a way that allows the body to process food efficiently and detoxify naturally.

Reflexology is safe for expectant mothers with caution to avoid the direct pressure point for the uterus, unless inducing labor is the intent. Reflexology can be helpful for unblocking the milk ducts of the breast and is effective for hormonal balance after birth and menopause. Reflexology safely benefits people of all ages, including small children and the elderly.

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