I have always thought that massages were meant to alleviate pain and stress. And when I’ve heard about reflexology massage, which was just recently, I said, “What is it? And: Wow, that’s amazing! Is that something new?” Well that’s me… just unmindful about the things that happen around in the modern world.
It’s nothing new, really. It has been with us since it was introduced in the United States in 1913 when Dr. William H. Fitzgerald claimed that applying pressure on regions of the feet had anesthetic effects on other areas of the body. It was then repeated over and over, and true enough, it was just as they claimed it to be.
The Reflexology Association of Canada defines reflexology as: “A natural healing art based on the principle that there are reflexes in the feet, hands and ears and their referral areas within zone related areas, which correspond to every part, gland and organ of the body. Through application of pressure on these reflexes without the use of tools, crèmes or lotions, the feet being the primary area of application, reflexology relieves tension, improves circulation and helps promote the natural function of the related areas of the body.”
The concept of reflexology massage can also be seen like this: The body organs are all interconnected through tubes/passages with nerves that make us feel the overall condition of our body. Over some time, because of work and stagnating in our office chairs, small pressure imbalances accumulate through some areas resulting to stress, irritability, or pain. Adding pressure through reflexology helps release the accumulated pressure by restoring the condition of the passages. It is like there are switches in our feet for the maintenance of the system of passages in our body.
The image above shows the different areas of the feet that when you apply pressure, has an anesthetizing effect on some corresponding organs or glands. I’ve been getting the habit of jogging twice a week and I get this good feeling after. I get to be more active during the day and tend to sleep a lot better at night. Once again, try to refer to the image above. See the “lungs”? That’s the part that I use to catch the weight of my body. Since pressure is involved in jogging whenever our feet touches the ground, there’s a hint of reflexology involved. The first thing I noticed in my case is the ease in my breathing.
Just the thought of being able to release the stress and pain of our bodies through our feet is amazing. Come on, it’s our feet! We can do all we want with them. We might as well learn to do reflexology on our own. Hahaha. Well, I don’t think it’ll be as effective as the one done by the pros but it might be better than nothing.
You can also check out this funny and informational video on YouTube!