The history of reflexology can be traced back over 4000 years.
References, illustrations and artifacts show the early Chinese, Indians, Egyptians
and Japanese all worked on the feet to promote good health.
Modern day reflexology stems from work carried out in the early part of this century by Dr William Fitzgerald. In 1917 he, with colleague Dr Edwin Bowers, published 'Zone Therapy' that put foward the theory that the body had ten zones that are energetically connected, so that parts of the body can be influenced by energy flow from another part of the body in the same zone.
This work was developed further by Eunice Ingham who formulated the relationship of the feet to the different zones in the body. She researched the effects that working on the feet would have on other parts of the body.
Reflexology can be very effective in the workplace. It has the advantage that
it requires the minimium of undressing as it only requires
access to the feet.
Reflexology's main benefit is that it is able to balance the whole system that can lead to increased energy levels, increased mental alertness and creativity and stimulation of the immune system. Treatments usually last between 30 and 45 minutes depending on requirements.
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