Many of our health problems can be linked to stress. It is an acknowledged fact by the medical community that a body trying to function while under the influence of prolonged stress is less capable of organizing its defenses against illnesses and repairing damage caused by injury. Stress can be mentally, emotionally, physically, or environmentally induced. Reflexology gently creates order, harmony, and balance within the body.
Reflexology is not a substitute for medical treatment, but can be used as a complement to almost any type of medical approach or therapy. Reflexology can also be incorporated into an overall healthy lifestyle, which includes attention to diet, exercise, and different forms of stress reduction and relaxation
Modern Reflexology is based on the work of two American physicians, Dr. William Fitzgerald and Dr. Joe Shelby Riley of the 1920’s and on that of physiotherapist Eunice D. Ingham who developed Fitzgerald and Riley’s knowledge into a usable therapy, calling it hand and foot Reflexology and took it to the public in the late 1930’s through the early 70’s. Dr. Nogier, of France, discovered the outer ear map in 1957 (auricular therapy). Research studies are being conducted around the world, including the US, which are validating the effectiveness of Reflexology on a wide variety of conditions. Chronic conditions seem to respond especially well to Reflexology.