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The Story behind Reflexology

Reflexology, also known as zone therapy, has ancient roots but gained formal recognition in the 20th century. The practice involves applying pressure to specific points on the feet, hands, or ears, with the belief that these areas correspond to different organs and systems in the body.

Historically, reflexology has ties to ancient Chinese and Egyptian practices. Chinese texts dating back over 4,000 years mention therapies involving pressure on the feet to promote overall well-being. Similarly, ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics depict scenes of foot massage.

Reflexology as it is known today, however, emerged in the early 20th century. In the 1930s and 1940s, Eunice Ingham, an American physiotherapist, developed the modern reflexology map, mapping out specific reflex points on the feet. Her work laid the foundation for reflexology’s growth as a recognized alternative therapy. Today, reflexology is practiced worldwide and is often utilized for relaxation, stress relief, and promoting a sense of balance and well-being.

At the International Massage Associations World Championship in Massage, Reflexology is not a category, but it is very often done and given within especially the categories of Wellness Massage and Freestyle Massage.

Podcast about Reflexology made during the Covid pandemic

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