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Need to relax? Try Reflexology

Posted by healthylivingtoday on February 16, 2008

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Reflexology is an ancient healing art which naturally stimulates every part of the body. It can help to relieve tension, release toxins, improve circulation and bring the body back to a healthy state. This form of therapy has been around since 2500 BC in Egypt, Japan, India and China, but is only now gaining popularity in North America with many holistic spas introducing the service to their clients. England, China and Denmark recognize reflexology as a vital part of healing and it is covered by their health care systems.

Reflexology was introduced to North America more than 85 years ago by Dr. William Fitzgerald, a medical doctor who had been working in Vienna. He used the therapy on his patients and found it to be quite beneficial. At the same time, there were other medical doctors practicing in Germany and England. Dr. Fitzgerald had an assistant, Eunice Ingram, who was known as the “Mother of Modern Reflexology”. Her book “Stories the Feet Can Tell through Reflexology” is an easy read and very informative. Reading about the therapy and actually experiencing it are not the same. Many clients fall asleep after the first 10 to 15 minutes of the session, though of course it impacts each person differently. Some clients may find themselves sweating, tired, more energized, or having a headache.

Reflexology is based on the premise that the body is divided into 10 zones, each one corresponding to a specific body part. By applying gentle pressure to all surfaces of the feet, it can bring much relief from pain, headache, digestive concerns, asthma, insomnia, stress and other concerns. When one part of the feet is massaged, it affects another. There are four main techniques applied and the treatment can last from 30 to 60 minutes.

Studies have shown that when a reflexologist was placed on staff by one company, employee productivity increased and the number of sick days used decreased. This seems like it would be great incentive for more companies to consider offering this service to their employees.

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