Approximately 20 years ago by pure chance I discovered Reflexology. That day I was looking for a massage as I had pain in my shoulder, but massage therapist was not available, so receptionist suggested reflexology, reflex what?
I asked…. and how can foot massage what I believed reflexology to be at the time to help with my shoulder pain….I went along and I remember very well first 5 minutes of the session as I was becoming really relaxed, the rest I bizarrely don’t …as I fell asleep like never before, and when therapist finally woke me up I thought that she turned dials on the clock …because it was showing that one hour had passed..so I had to check my wrist watch and the other wall ones…but to my amazement time did pass and even most shocking my shoulder pain was barely noticeable and by tomorrow it was gone…I was hooked ..And the rest is as cliché goes …History…..so here is some of history of this amazing therapy.
Reflexology cannot be traced to any one civilization. Evidence though suggests that primitive forms of reflexology existed in ancient Egypt, India and China some 5000 years ago.
In Egypt, at Saqqara (ancient burial ground in Egypt), a painting found in tomb of Ankhmahor appears to show a reflexology treatment being performed.
So the big question is what is Reflexology?
While most people think that reflexology is just another word for foot massage as I did at the time, it is in fact much more than that…but what exactly is it and what does it do?Reflexologist follow what is popularly called ‘map of the feet’ and therefore during the treatment, using specialised massage techniques, such as thumb- and finger- walking, hook and backup and rotating-on-a-point at specific meridian points helps to correct imbalances throughout the body.
Most importantly reflexology session induces deep relaxation, also known as alpha state which is a state of deep physical and mental relaxation.
And a little something that you might only hear in a pub quiz…
There are 26 bones in human feet which stand for one-quarter of the bones in the human body, 33 joints and more than 100 muscles, tendons and ligaments. To make this mix even more fascinating let’s not forget a network of blood vessels, nerves, skin, soft tissue and approximately 7000 nerve endings,
Potential benefits of reflexology are believed to include:
- Feelings of deep relaxation
- Relief from stress, anxiety and tension
- Increased energy levels
- The release of endorphins, the bodies feels good hormones (which can also provide pain relief)
- Improved circulation
- More efficient removal of impurities and toxins
- Stronger immune system
- A sense that the whole body is better balanced, or in harmony
On average, in a day average person takes 10000 steps, in a lifetime that is on average 125,000 miles, enough to circle the world 4 times. The skin on your soles is up to 20 times thicker than the skin on any other part of your body.