Our feet are often our foundation. They hold us while we stand. They balance our being. They also reflex back to us our physical and mental health as our organs and even brain are reflected back in each of our feet.
History of Reflexology
Take a good guess as to where it all started. If you know, great! If you don’t, we’ll tell you. Egypt. According to HealthUtopia.com, “The origins of reflexology can be traced back to ancient Egypt. Wall paintings in a physician’s tomb, at Saqqara, dating back to 2330 B.C. show patients receiving treatments on their hands and feet.” It is also considered as “alternative medicine,” not using any lotions or oils, but simply, the “application of pressure.”
Unlike other massages that use aromatherapy oils or massage lotions, this massage is all about pressure points. Your massage therapist will use their thumb, finger, or hand and focus on the zones in your feet that correspond to the organs in your body. Thus, the reflex effect. Foot reflexology helps brings about a change in your physical well-being.
Reflexology Foot Chart
To see what we’re talking about, check out the reflexology foot chart in this article featured on DoctorOz.com. You will see where our lungs, heart, liver, digestive system, and even our brain, sinus cavities, and neck and ear – among others – are reflected back to us in our feet. An interesting fact is that on each foot, “there are over 7,000 nerve endings called reflexes that correspond to every organ and system within your body.”
And if you are suffering from headaches, monthly PMS, or stomach/digestive issues, a foot reflexology massage will help you ease your discomfort.
C’mon! Raise your feet!