Reflexology, or zone therapy is the practice of stimulating points on the feet, hands, and head to produce a beneficial effect in some other part(s) of the body which ultimately improves overall general health. Reflexology is most commonly performed on the feet and often practitioners move onto the hands, arms, legs, and even the ears.
The art of reflexology is over 2000 years old practiced by ancient Chinese, Indian, and Egyptian cultures. Dr. William Fitzgerald introduced this ancient therapy to the Western world in the early 1900s giving it the name “Zone Therapy”. Today we understand that reflexology is based on a complex system that comprises over 7000 nerve endings.
The feet are divided into a number of reflex zones which correspond to these “energy zones” of the human body. Through a process of applying pressure using specific massage therapy techniques to tight or “gritty” areas of the feet the corresponding part of the energy body is stimulated, assisting the self-healing process.