What You Need to Know About Reflexology
Reflexology is a form of alternative medicine that states that the feet (and sometimes the hands) can be divided into a series of zones that correspond to areas in the rest of the body. These zones are identified by pressure points in each foot. By pressing these points, it is said that the corresponding area of the body is being addressed. Reflexology was introduced to the U.S. by William Fitzgerald and Dr. Edwin Bowers in 1913, and was revised in the 30’s and 40’s by a nurse and physiotherapist called Eunice D. Ingham. They were all as likely as not inspired by similar practices dating back to ancient China and Egypt.
It is not known exactly how or even if reflexology works. Specialists say that reflexology massages improve the patient’s Qi. Of course, Qi itself is a metaphysical concept that is usually equated to ‘natural energy,’ or ‘life force.’ In other words, Qi is like the soul, in the sense that many people believe in it but there is not a shred of scientific proof as to its actual existence. For the sake of argument though, let’s say it does exist. Reflexologists claim that this energy of force can be blocked, which causes disease and prevents healing.
By applying pressure on the right points in the feet, the Qi can be unobstructed and the malady cured. Similar to other types of alternative medicine like acupuncture and homeopathy, reflexology is not really an alternative. If you suspect that you have a serious condition, or have been diagnosed with one, it’s always in your best interests to stick to traditional medicine. Otherwise, you might delay proper treatment to the point where it’s no longer effective, and end up doing yourself more harm than good.
However, if what you’re looking for is to relieve stress and anxiety, you could always get some sort of a placebo effect-like benefit from reflexology, so that maybe you wouldn’t be entirely throwing your money away. But if what you have is simply a case of sore feet, why not use Dr. Archy Foot Massager, or a Hygenic Corp Theraband foot roller? You would get more value for your cash and actual relief from plantar fasciitis, heel spurs and tired feet, as well as be able to relax your entire body from toe to head.