Reflexology or zone therapy is the practice of stimulating points on the feet, hands, nose or ears (called reflex zones), generating a beneficial effect on other parts of the body, and improvement in overall health.
All parts of the body, muscles and skin, are communicated and sensory information reaches the spinal cord, which transmits nerve signals to the brain information. In the case of a diseased organ nerve stimulation, it occurs. This stimulation is transmitted through the spinal cord, after circulating previous nerve fibers and reaches the skin area (reflects) producing a dermalgia. Voltage in this area, the local circulation is impaired, which can produce an accumulation of toxins or the formation of small crystals. So if you act locally on the muscle or the skin area, obliterating this reflex reaction, the vicious circle of energy disorder is suppressed. The reflex zones are 5 to 20 times more sensitive than the organs themselves.
ORIGINS OF REFLEXOLOGY
Usually, the origin of this therapy is located in traditional Chinese medicine, which considers the human being an energy demonstration where each part is connected to the whole. In fact, acupuncture can be considered a type of reflexology. Also, the Cherokees Indians have always placed great importance on the feet to maintain a physical, mental and spiritual balance. Massage them part of a sacred ceremony, believing that the feet are our contact with the earth and the energies flowing through it and also through them, the spirit is linked with the universe.
Modern reflexology as we know it in the West, born essentially the work of the early twentieth century carried out by two Americans, Dr. William Fitzgerald and the masseuse Eunice Ingham. It was Fitzgerald who first proposed the theory that the human body is traversed longitudinally ten meridians that divide it into as many zones, each occupied by certain organs whose "reflection" is in well-defined areas the feet and hands. But the creator of such therapy and reflexology as we know it today was the masseuse Eunice Ingham. He experimented and documented with patients applying pressure in determines areas of the body with the aim of relieving others. With the new method, patients showed optimal responses in reducing pain, improving mobility and natural recovery.