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06/15/2009 - Questions and Answers

Reflexology for headache?

By: Novoviva webmaster


I get terrible headaches - the tension type, I believe they're called. My friend swears by "reflexology".

What's it all about?


While the art of Reflexology dates back to Ancient Egypt, India and China, it wasn't until 1913 that Dr William Fitzgerald introduced this therapy to the West as "zone therapy". He noted that reflex areas on the feet and hands were linked to other areas and organs of the body within the same zone.

In the 1930s Eunice Ingham further developed this zone theory into what is now known as Reflexology. She observed that congestion or tension in any part of the foot is mirrored in the corresponding part of the body.

A professionally trained reflexologist can detect subtle changes in specific points on the feet, and by working on these points may affect the corresponding organ or system of the body. Reflexologists use their hands to apply pressure to the feet; the application and the effect of the therapy is unique to each person.

Reflexology is a complementary therapy, which works on the feet to help heal the whole person, not just the prevailing symptoms. The links below may be helpful to you in learning more.

Related Links
Ofesite: About Reflexology
International Institute of Reflexology

Created on: 04/23/2005
Reviewed on: 06/15/2009

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