Reflexology has been practiced for the thousands of years in such places as China, Egypt and India. In North America, it was Dr. William Fitzgerald, an ear, nose and throat specialist, who first introduced 'zone therapy' around the early 1900s. His ideas were advanced by Eunice Ingham, a physiotherapist, who developed techniques and a body map of the foot, which later became known as reflexology.
Foot Reflexology is a natural therapy that requires the application of a specific type of pressure on particular areas of the feet to help balance the body. It is based on the principle that there are reflexes in the feet which correspond to every part of the body. Reflexology serves to relax, improve circulation and promote a general feeling of wellness. To the busy modern man, always on the treadmill of life, this calming natural therapy will be a godsend.
Reflexology session in general lasts from 30 minutes to an hour. It is a clothed session with only the removal of shoes and socks as a requirement. Reflexologists use pressure, stretch and movement to work through the foot methodically. You should feel relaxation at the end of a session. How long that relaxation lasts is a good indicator of the effectiveness of the session.
Method of Reflexology
Reflexology can be done practically anytime and any where. Consistency is what would produce best results. Though magical results cannot be achieved overnight, it does help a tired body and mind. For those who have never undergone a foot reflexology therapy, it is generally found that the successive ones are more effective than the first one. There are numerous programs that offer different approach and can very from 1 day to a year in duration. It is very common in China. They do reflexology once a day for six days in two week segments. Then they review the results and do more segments as necessary.