What is reflexology?

Reflexology is based on the theory that different points on the feet or hand correspond with different areas of the body. It involves the application of pressure to the feet and hands with specific thumb, finger and hand techniques without the use of oil or lotion.

The theory is that reflexology helps the body to restore its balance naturally. There has been some positive research projects carried out with reflexology; as yet, there is not a large enough body of evidence for clinical claims of effectiveness to be made.

Whilst the art of reflexology dates back to Ancient Egypt, India and China, this therapy was not introduced to the West until Dr William Fitzgerald developed 'Zone therapy'. He believed that reflex areas on the feet and hands were linked to other areas and organs of the body within the same zone. In the 1930's, Eunice Ingham further developed this zone theory into what is known as reflexology. Her opinion was that congestion or tension in any part of the foot is mirrored in the corresponding part of the body.

You can find out more by visiting the Association of Reflexology website at www.aor.org.uk.

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