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Most people enjoy massage to the feet – one of the most sensitive parts of the body. All foot massage is beneficial and relaxing, but reflexology provides a more specific method of working to diagnose problems and stimulate health in the whole body. It is based on the principle that the body can be divided into ten vertical zones, each corresponding to an areas to the foot.
A sensitive area of the foot indicated a problems in the corresponding organs of the body and by working on the appropriate trouble spot, the larger problem can be helped. Reflexology can be very effective at relieving pain and helping to restore the body’s natural balance and wellbeing.
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The concept of using the body’s reflexes for therapeutic purposes is not new – the early chinese developed the technique of acupressure thousands of years ago. This provided the basis of knowledge about reflex zones and point and connections between different parts of the body. We know that the early chinesese, japanese, indians and egyptians worked on the feet to promote good health and many of the long established principles developed by these civilizations are used in modern-day practice.
Reflexology as it is known today is based largely on the work of Dr William Fitzgerald and Eunice Ingham.
Dr Fitzgerald devised his own system of acupressure points which produced an analgesic effect when stimulated. He found that the body could be divided into ten zones running from the top of the head to the tips of the toes, and that everything occuring in a specific zone of the body could affect the organs and other parts of the body in that zone.
The theory was refined in 1930s by Eunice Ingham, who introduced a special grip technique and the traction of the thumb on the foot zone system. Since then, the system has been further refined into the internaltionally recognized method that is practised today.
Modern reflexology offers tremendous health benefits; it reduces stress, improves circulation, cleanses the body of impurities and toxins, and can revitalize energy levels.
The importance of touch
In today’s hectic world we are often so busy with work or education, bringing up a family and surviving financially that we don’t always have time for physical contact. Yet holding out a caring hand, or hugging a friend or family member, are important elements of a healthy, happy lifestyle.
Touch is the first of the senses to develop. Our skin is covered with sensory nerve receptors that receive stimuli of heat, cold, touch, pressure and pain.
Signals form touch receptors pass via sensory nerves to the spinal cord and on the the brain, where touch sensations are received and interpreted. This process never stops throughout life, and our bodies are always in touch 24 hours a day, even when we are asleep.
Newborn babies process most information through their skin. Inside the womb the foetus is enclosed by the walls of the uterus, which is both a comforting and a reassuring experience. After birth, the baby experiences a withdrawal of the support to which it has become accustomed over a period of nine months, so touch is vitally important to continue that feeling of support. A baby needs to be held and rocked in it’s mothers arms in close contact with the warmth of her body, to help it adapt to temperature changes and open spaces in the outside world.
Touch also plays a special role as we get older and begin to feel a little less “in touch”. Tactile needs do not change with ageing – if anything, they increase.
Studies of long-term nursing home residents show that those who are frequently touched demonstrate a more positive attitude about themselves. Very often an elderly person may have impaired hearing, sight or mobility, which can make them feel helpless and vulnerable. Through the emotional involement of touch we can reach through the isolation to communicate warmth and affection. Many elderly people draw comfort from keeping a pet – not only does it provide company – but the simple act of stroking a cat or dog can provide tactile stimulation and has even been shown to lower high blood pressure.
There are huge class and cultural differences in attitudes to tactile behaviour. Some cultures are characterized by a ‘do not touch me’ way of life.
Whatever our cultural background, we all have a natural ability to touch and be touched.
Not only is massage enjoyable for its therapeutic benefits but it also provides a way of breaking down the barriers that sometimes separate us from each other.
Massage is particularly valuable in western society where touch is so confined and formalized.
In asian cultures touch plays a much greater role in everyday life and healing embraces the mine, body and spirit.
In the west medicine still sometimes separates physical symptoms from the person as a whole. Yet throughout history massage has been used to relieve suffering. Ancient medical records describe touch as one of the physicians most valuable tools. Massage was used to promote healing long before the invention of modern drugs that freed doctors from laying hands on the patient.
Touch through massage is one of the best ways of preventing and relieving stress. Indian head massage is particularly useful for relieving mental stress and when combined with relaxation or meditation it can work wonders.
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