What is Reflexology
The Oxford English Dictionary defines reflexology as:
Massaging certain points on the feet to relieve tension and treat illnesses.
He defines the reflex as follows:
An involuntary or automatic movement given to a stimulus.
These are nice general definitions, but refer only to the surface of the true definition of reflexology art and science. In fact, the definition of the word “reflex” is quite misleading. Reflexologists seek not a “movement” for something, but rather another stimulus or response in the form of an increase, decrease or rebalance of a particular physical, mental, or emotional function.
At one level, the goal of reflexology is simply and primarily to restore health to the body and mind as quickly and easily as possible.
How Does Reflexology Work
It is really impossible to say when reflexology was first used. The earliest known reflexology documentation is depicted on the wall of the tomb of an Egyptian physician named Ankmahor in Saqqara, Egypt. It dates back to 2330-2500 BC and shows two other men working on the feet of two men. In the inscription, patients say, “Don’t hurt me,” while the therapist replies, “I’m going to treat you like that so you’ll thank me.”
If we look at foot massage as a simple type of reflexology, then we can say that reflexology is as old – perhaps older – as the human race. Certain species of monkeys give them a primitive type of foot massage, including those most closely related to humans. Of course, they are not consciously aware that they stimulate the healing powers of the body. This is just instinctive and makes you feel good. Many people enjoy massaging their feet. It’s relaxing, pleasant, and relieves stress in many ways. But there is a definite difference between foot massage and reflexology, although both are beneficial for the body and mind for certain reasons.
There are two main schools of thought on how reflexology actually works. Unfortunately, both have not been proven to be clinically correct today. However, this does not appear to change the fact that reflexology works.
The first theory suggested by many of the earliest reflexologists, including Eunice Ingham, the mother of contemporary reflexology, is that the foot is connected to various parts of the body by an unlimited number of nerve endings. The feet have an unusually large number of nerve endings; This is why many people feel their feet particularly sensitive to physical stimulation such as tickling. Various nerve endings have been thought to correspond to “belts” of the body, and are still thought to be; this has been called generation theory. Dr. William Fitzgerald found that the body can be divided into ten vertical belts running from head to toe and the corresponding ten fingers and toes. The pressure applied to certain fingers will have an effect on the parts of the body that remain within the respective belts.
It is also thought that the nerve endings correspond to the map of the human anatomy. In fact, if we look at the soles of both feet together, it seems to form the general shape of the human body: the thumbs are related to the head and neck; The places where the little toes meet with the foot are the right and left shoulders and the upper parts of the feet are the right and left sides of the spine.
To some extent this theory is also correct, but there is no clear evidence that this is a definitive, correct, and definite theory. In fact, the number and complexity of nerve endings in the feet make it almost impossible to clearly determine which part of the feet affects which part of the body. Because the nervous system is so large and covers all sides of the body, creating relief or pain in just one small area has a dramatic effect on the whole.
Although these scientific results are lacking, it is clear from case stories and anecdotes that practicing reflexology, rather than simple foot massage, has such a beneficial effect that massaging the feet in a certain way and inducing stimulation has a direct and positive effect on the body and mind. There is a lot of evidence.
Many healers explain reflexology through their knowledge of Chinese medicine these days. This stipulates that there are some invisible energy pathways or meridians in the body that carry life force energy, chi / ki. It is said that if these pathways become blocked, possibly due to stress, it can result in illness. Sometimes acupuncture or acupressure is used to open these blockages and stimulate the free flow of healthy life force energy. Since most major energy pathways begin or end in the feet, reflexology will naturally stimulate them in some way. However, even a complete reflexology therapy will not stimulate or cure all meridians, Because not all of these end at the feet, there are also many secondary routes besides the major ones. This is why acupuncture and acupressure are applied on the whole body. (The history of acupuncture goes back thousands of years, so if it were the most effective through treating the feet alone, it might have been noticed by now.)
There are two types of life force energies: internal and external. The inner life force energy is the subtle energy that exists in the body and mind of every living being. External life force energy is present in plants, flowers, trees, rocks, minerals, and crystals. This energy is often used for healing purposes such as Bach Flower Remedies, crystal healing, and homeopathy and herbal remedies. Internal life force energy passes through the subtle channels or meridians in the human body, and when these become blocked or out of balance, for example, due to stress, it can result in illness. Many complementary therapies strive to help the body and mind rebalance and cleanse these inner energies, thereby promoting health and well-being; This is the way reflexology also works as a healing technique.
Reflexology can have a huge impact on our health and well-being through rebalancing, cleansing, and regenerating our internal energy system. When the inner life force energy is blocked, stagnant or unbalanced, regular reflexology treatments have the effect of naturally and effortlessly dissipating the quality of this energy, increasing it to the healthiest level our body, mind and environment will allow. A reflexology therapy also has the effect of opening up our energy system to receive a re-balanced flow of universal life force energy that is often interrupted or restricted by disease. Perhaps we can say more precisely that this disruption of life force energy is the cause of many diseases.
So a large part of the healing process is to determine why the patient is away from their natural relationship with this universal life force and how they can work to maintain a healthy relationship with it in the future. For some people, this may involve a personal spiritual revolution through rediscovering one’s religion or another religion or exploring practices such as meditation, yoga, or Tai Chi. We do not have to be religious in order to develop this special inner relationship with life. Babies do not necessarily have to be religious, but they certainly carry a special, pure energy that comes from a special place.
Internal and external life force energy are quite similar energies when they are in harmony, have the same level of purity, exist at the same wavelength / frequency, and exist within the same realm of existence. The only difference is that the inner life force energy has consciousness or “mind” and cannot exist separately from it. Because of the close relationship between consciousness and inner life-force energy, it is easy to believe that the only reason for our feeling of closeness or accompaniment with trees, crystals, Earth, or other external sources of life force energy is that they have a personal character or mind. As with trees, crystals, and Earth, the external life force energy has no mind or consciousness. However, this does not make them less special or less sacred “living” objects.
That’s why our inner energies and minds are inseparable. They exist almost exclusively and have a very close, interconnected relationship. In fact, though we usually don’t notice it, our thoughts and emotions “ride” on our inner energies. If we carry a positive inner life force energy of good quality, it is easy for us to develop positive states of mind and we are often drawn to positive life experiences and deal with problems more easily. Likewise, if we consciously seek to cultivate trust, benevolence, and wisdom, this will improve the quality of our inner energies, consequently improving our health and many other aspects of our lives.