Reflexology And Its Roots
Reflexology is an ancient therapy that has been practiced for thousands of years linking back to ancient China and Egypt. Evidence of foot and hand reflexology in ancient Egypt is beautifully depicted on the walls of the physician Ankmahor’s tomb, dating back to around 2500BC.(see above)
Map Of The Body On The Feet, Hands, Face And Ears
Reflexologists see the feet, hands, face and ears as gateways to the whole person. The understanding is that there are points called reflexes which correspond to all the organs and parts of the body. Reflexologists have specialised ways of massaging/working and stimulating these reflex points using their thumbs, fingers and knuckles with the aim of optimising physical and emotional health.
Reflexology, A Holistic And Complementary Therapy
(W)holistic is as it sounds...treating the whole person, mind, body and emotions. The understanding is that the mind, emotions and body are interlinked, working together and connected. How we feel in our mind and emotions may affect our body and how we feel in our body may affect our mind and emotions. Reflexologists work holistically to treat the whole person, not just the symptoms.
Complementary- Reflexology complements conventional medicine. An example is how reflexology is often offered in hospitals, supporting the patients during their cancer treatment programme.