What is Reflexology?

nancy-onlineWorking on hands and feet is an ancient art practiced by all cultures. Reflexology, as we know it today, started in the 1920’s, and, is based on the work of two American physicians, Dr. Fitzgerald and Dr. Riley (creator of the first Hand Chart). They called it “Zone Therapy” and used it primarily as pain relief. Physiotherapist, Eunice D. Ingham, developed their knowledge into a broader therapy, calling it Foot Reflexology. Eunice found that ‘alternating’ pressure produced gratifying results for health and wellbeing beyond pain relief. She devoted her life to researching, practicing, and then educating people about reflexology. She took it to the public in the late 1930’s and started a Reflexology School, in Florida. She created a “map” of the body on the feet, showing the various reflex points.

Reflexology is based on the premise that there are zones and reflex areas in the feet, hands and outer ears corresponding to all glands, organs, parts and systems of the body. Foot reflexology is well known, however, hand and outer ear reflexology are also very effective and gaining in popularity. In 1957, Paul Nogier MD, from France, discovered a “map” resembling the shape of the human body on the outer ear.

How does it work?

The physical act of applying specific alternating pressure using thumb, finger and hand techniques result in stress reduction which causes a physiological change in the body. It will be a gentle, but firm, pressure within your comfort zone.

What are the benefits for you?

Many health problems are linked to stress, which creates imbalances in your body, inhibiting the free flow of energy essential to our wellbeing. Reflexology is an easy and pleasurable way to interrupt the stress signal, which in turn will:

  • Induce a state of relaxation
  • Regulate body functions
  • Help to cleanse the body of toxins
  • Improve circulation
  • Create order, harmony and balance within your body

With Reflexology; your body is better able to deal with stress, caused by daily living, illness or injury.

Definition:  Reflexology, an integrative health practice, maps a reflection of the body predominately on the feet, hands and outer ears. It uses unique manual techniques to deliver pressure to neural pathways assisting the body to function optimally.

American Reflexology Certification Board (ARCB), Reflexology Association of America (RAA), National Council for Reflexology Educators (NCRE)


is another ancient practice that uses the fingers to press key points on the surface of the skin to stimulate the body’s natural self-curative abilities. When these points are pressed, they release muscular tension and pro-mote the circulation of blood and the body’s life force to aid healing.

For more information-Acupressure


Reflexology and Acupressure are integrative, non-invasive therapies.
They are NOT a substitute for health care by a licensed medical professional.