This whole body treatment was first introduced in the West by Dr. William Fitzgerald in 1913. At this time Dr. Fitzgerald was a medical professional, working as an ear, nose and throat specialist and surgeon. However, when working with patients’ feet, the doctor noted that when he applied pressure to specific parts, it sometimes affected another portion of the body in a positive way. From this theory, Dr. Fitzgerald created his first reflexology chart. He divided the body into ten vertical zones. The zones traced reflexes on the hands and feet, and noted that when pressure was applied to these “zones” other areas and organs of the body responded.
Today, a reflexology therapist will still apply acupressure and massage to the ears, hands and feet within these same zones.
Here are a few of the benefits of Reflexology:
- Improved circulation
- Reduced tension
- Increased ability of the body to heal itself.
The Association of Reflexologists claim that this treatment method can be effective for back pain, migraines, infertility, arthritis and many other problems. Below is a video demonstrating a Reflexology Foot Massage: