Reflexology can be traced back to the Egyptian tomb of Ankhmahor, known as the Physician’s Tomb, dating to the early 6th dynasty, approximately 2330 B.C.
The theory of reflexology is that your feet reflect your body. Imagine laying a map of your anatomy over the sole of your foot. Your toes represent your head area, the balls of your feet represent your heart/lung area, all the way down to your heels which represent your mid to lower body.
As a reflexologist, I work with the nervous system using a specific touch technique, applying pressure to reflex points on each hand and foot that correspond to the glands, organs, and systems within the body. Each foot has over 7,200 reflex points, 30 joints and 28 separate bones held together by a network of 107 ligaments, 19 muscles, and 31 tendons. The average foot is subjected to more than 70 tons of pressure per mile. Reflexology will help relieve this pressure in your aching feet.
The technique used in Reflexology is thumb walking, finger walking, and pressure pointing/hooking. These methods are used to stimulate reflex points corresponding to particular parts of the body. Working these reflex points helps relax the body, bringing it back into balance or homeostasis.