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Brief History

Foot & Hand Reflexology

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Reflexology as we know it today has evolved from an ancient therapy. There is evidence of some form of foot and hand therapy being practised in China as long ago as 2330 B.C. and at the same time in Egypt, as depicted in the tomb of Ankmahor, known as the Physician’s tomb.

In the early 1900’s, Dr. Fitzgerald, ENT specialist, found that when pressure was applied to specific points on the hands or feet that when pain was relieved, the condition that produced the pain was most generally relieved.

Eunice Ingham, physiotherapist, extended Dr Fitzgerald’s work and is still known as the pioneer of modern reflexology. She painstakingly mapped the feet and hands and recorded in detail how clients felt during and after treatments. In 1939, Dr Charles Epstein acknowledged that reflexology worked, other doctors also knew it worked but it was too time consuming for them to adopt.

Ear Reflexology

In 1957, Dr Paul Nogier, a neurosurgeon, documented for the first time a complete reflex map of the body on the outer ear. He is known as the father of Auriculotherapy, the medical approach of working with the reflex map of the body on the outer ear.

The ear is a micro system that reflects the entire body and auriculotherapy is both a diagnostic and an integrative treatment procedure that is used for pain relief and the alleviation of addictions.

Facial Reflexology

Facial Reflexology has its origins in the early ‘70’s in Vietnam. Prof. Dr. Bui Quôc Chau, a Vietnamese acupuncturist, with his knowledge of traditional Chinese medicine and Western medicine and working at an addiction treatment clinic in Saigon in the late 70’s noted the benefits of the treatments and discovered that points on the face used by Chinese doctors could be stimulated with great benefit without the use of acupuncture needles.

At the same time, he considered the emerging modalities where the body is projected on various parts such as the feet (reflexology), the eyes (iridology) and the ears (auriculotherapy) and through testing he discovered the various projections of the body on the face. He called his method Dien Chan that combines work on the points on the face and the projections on the face.

Lone Sorenson, a Danish reflexologist, developed her facial reflexology method after witnessing facial treatments used by native Indian communities in South America and by a Vietnamese doctor using the Dien Chan method. Back at her clinic, Lone applied what she had observed and saw great results.

Facial Reflexology is a medical form of treatment for the whole body, even though it feels deeply relaxing for the client.

What is Reflexology?

Explanation

A treatment is deeply relaxing, it helps to diffuse the stress most of us carry. It is now known that approx. 85% of diseases are caused by stress.

Every part of the body is reflected on the feet, hands, face and ears. fMRI images show that as a reflex is worked, a signal is sent through the nervous system to the brain which then sends a message back to the organ to work in a more balanced way.

Brain Waves During a Treatment

Research shows that during a treatment, as we reach a deeper state of relaxation, the alpha brain waves are present, and they are characteristic of a wakeful rest. This changes for 80% of clients into beta waves where alertness is promoted. This helps the body to respond to the treatment.

Reflexology benefits people of all ages and, depending on the length of time a condition has been present, can improve or eliminate many ailments during a course of four to six weekly treatments.

Reflexology reflects all organs and glands on the feet, hands, ears and face

Conditions That May Benefit

  • Stress and anxiety reduction
  • Pain relief
  • Headaches & Migraines
  • Auto-immune
  • Lymphatic
  • Reproductive
  • PMS
  • Digestive
  • Respiratory
  • Muscular
  • Back pain
  • Recovery – injury & surgery
  • Mental health
  • Helps recovery from surgery, injury and chemotherapy
  • Supports cancer patients during treatment
  • Supports medical treatments
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