ORIGIN OF REFLEXOLOGY
Reflexology grew from traditional Chinese medicine, originating in China
several thousand years ago, which included acupuncture, acupressure and
holistic massage. In
traditional Chinese medicine, it is thought that energy or ch’i,
travels through the body via invisible pathways or channels and
that when this energy becomes stale or congested, it becomes the source
of illness or infection. Freeing the negative energy allows the body to
re-balance and stimulate its self-healing potential.
ancient Chinese eventually identified 26 meridians - pathways or
channels - in the body through which energy flows and these are accessed
by inserting needles or applying pressure to specific reflex points.
or Western reflexology is attributed to Dr W. Fitzgerald, an ENT
surgeon from the USA in the early 1900s and Eunice Ingham later,
whereby the feet were ‘mapped’ to represent the entire body.
Foot map, showing locations of some
of the body parts.
then devoted her life to sharing her knowledge of reflexology by giving
public talks and demonstrations across the USA. Most authors and teachers have derived their basic knowledge of foot
reflexology directly or indirectly from her teaching techniques. The
Ingham Method forms the basis of many modern forms of reflexology.
Longitudinal Zones are attributed to Eunice Ingham, whereas Transverse Zones were later developed
Hanne Marquardt, a German student of Eunice Ingham.
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