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Foot & Hand Massage Technique

A science that deals with the principle that there are reflex points in the feet, hands and ears that correspond to all the glands, organs and other parts of the body known as 'Reflexology' or zone therapy. Stimulating of these reflexes at the correct points on the feet, hands or ears can help many health problems in a natural way.Although sometimes reflexology can be confused as just a massage, it is in fact a seroius advance in the health field.

Reflexology has been around as early as 2330 B.C., practiced by the Egyptain culture. Known as "Zone Therapy" in 1913 Dr. William Fitzgerald ,noted that specific parts of the body could have an anesthetic effect on another area of the body. Developing this theory, he divided the body into ten equal vertical zones, ending in the fingers and toes. He concluded that pressure on one part of the zone could affect everything else within that zone.Eunice Ingham developed her Reflexology in the 1930s, based on earlier theory's by Dr. William Fitzgerald.

The most common form of this practice is foot reflexology. Practitioners believe the foot to be divided into a number of reflex zones corresponding to all parts of the body. Applying pressure to areas of a person's foot will stimulate the corresponding body part and cause it to begin healing itself.The mothod is done through thumb, finger and hand technique. Reflex areas, like hand and foot, composed of 7200 nerve endings are stimulated by pressure applied. An improved instruction to every gland, single part and organ of the body could be achieved by such a health science. The body is then believed to pursue a biologically correct, strengthened and reinforced state.

The reflex zones are organized in a way that represents the whole body.

Reflexology Chart

Refexology map

Reflexology is a widespread practice in Asia, where foot reflexology is quite popular.Also known as foot massage at most massage parlours.

First of all, there should be a preliminary talk with the practitioner before treatment if you have a serious medical problem.

The reflexologist then begins to work on the client's feet, or hands if necessary, noting problem areas. You may have discomfort in some places, but it is fleeting, and also an indication of congestion or imbalance in a corresponding part of the body. For the most of the part, the sensation is pleasant, relaxing and soothing. Reflexology can help relax the client and is believed to stimulate the body's own healing mechanisms. Usually a treatment session lasts for about one hour. For some cases, a treatment can last nearly two hours. A course of treatment varies in length depending on the need of the client body. The reflexologist will discuss this with the patient at the first session.

Many proponents claim that foot reflexology can cleanse the body of toxins, increase circulation, assist in weight loss, and improve the health of organs throughout the body. Others have reported success in treating earaches, anemia, bedwetting, bronchitis, convulsions in an infant, hemorrhoids, hiccups, deafness, hair loss, emphysema, prostate trouble, heart disease, overactive thyroid gland, kidney stones, liver trouble, rectal prolapse, undescended testicles, intestinal paralysis, cataracts, and hydrocephalus (a condition in which an excess of fluid surrounding the brain can cause pressure that damages the brain). Some claim to "balance energy and enhance healing elsewhere in the body."

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