There is nothing new about Reflexology…
Way way back in the early early days, long before shoes and foot coverings, humans were much healthier.
Before forcing them into shoes our feet came into contact with the uneven surfaces of the earth and through that developed flexible, strong muscles. As humans walked through grass, climbed over rocks, squished mud between their toes and let the oceans water wash their feet they had a sole to soul connection with the heartbeat of Mother Earth … and our beings resonated with that. We experienced ongoing stimulation to the nerve endings in our feet which balanced and benefited the entire body.
Our body’s walking tools are our main points (outside of our hands) of contact with the outside world, they are our source of mobility, balance and grounding. Some ancient civilizations believed that the feet were the portals to our souls, certainly they are ongoing doorways to the earth’s grounding energy.
While believed to have originated in Greece the earliest known recording of Reflexology dates back to Egypt some 4,000 years ago.
Illustrations depicting the stimulation of specific points on the hands and feet were discovered around 2,300 BC on the walls of a Physicians tomb in Egypt. Written in hieroglyphics above the painting are the words “Do not let it be painful”, and the physician replies “I do as you will praise me”.In the 4th century BC Chinese physician Dr Wang Wei maintained that pressure applied to the soles of the feet released healing energies in the patients body. When we walked barefoot upon the earth its uneven surfaces and textures supplied that needed pressure.
In the 1930’s physiotherapist Eunice Ingram, through ongoing research and working with hundreds of patients, discovered that the nerve reflexes on the feet are a mirror image of all the organs, glands and parts of the body.
Through this research she charted the map of the feet reflexes according to the anatomical model. She also effectively proved that alternating pressure has a stimulating effect on the body. In 1938 she published her findings in her very popular book “Stories The Feet Can Tell”.
Since then Reflexology has continued to undergo scientific studies showing positive results and proving its benefits … really a good Reflexology session imitates that of walking naturally on different, uneven surfaces….as our ancestors used to in that time before shoes.