History of the foot
The foot reflexology history dates back to the reign of the Chinese Emperor Wendi but its most flourishing period was in the Tang Dynasty (618-907 AD). Later, the foot reflexology was spread into Japan. Yet, there were some specialists in China who did not pass their knowledge to others and did not keep any written records. This resulted in the degeneration of this art of healing. Fortunately, the foot reflexology was brought to the Western countries when more and more Westerners started to get in touch with the Chinese around the late Manchu Dynasty (1643-1912 AD). Reflexology dates back 4000 years and was practiced exclusively by ancient Chinese, Egyptian and Indian cultures. It is believed that this technique spread to other parts of the world from Egypt during the reign of the Roman Empire. Today foot reflexology is particularly popular in South East Asian nations that have long accepted the traditions of natural healing.
Foot Reflexology Introduction
Foot reflexology is a "pressure therapy" and involves applying focused pressure to certain known reflex points located in the foot to prevent diseases and ailments and improve on existing painful or unpleasant conditions.
Foot reflexology is based on the premise that our nerve zones or reflex points go from the bottom of our feet to the top of our head, encompassing all vital organs on the way. A trained reflexologist can put pressure on different meridians or energy lines on the sole and side of the feet to determine the cause of illness.
Benefits of a foot reflexology session are manifold - calmness and serenity, improved circulation, increased energy, and balanced emotions are among numerous other benefits. Foot reflexology invigorates tired, aching, and sore feet - leaving your feet fresh, attractive and tingling and giving you an overall feeling of well-being.
In ancient times we stimulated reflexes naturally by walking barefoot over rocks, stones and rough ground, or by using our hands more often to climb, build or work. In today's modern world we have lost much of nature's way of maintaining a balanced and healthy equilibrium. Reflexology helps to restore this balance and promote natural health and vitality.
Reflexology has been practiced for thousands of years in such locations such as India, China and Egypt.