We're not talking ‘Pulp Ficton’ here folks! Remember those classic lines from that popular movie where John Travolta’s character discussed the prospects of providing an ‘innocent’ foot massage for his bosses wife? Massage is indeed conducive to relaxation but reflexology offers a more specific therapeutic approach.
Some calming foot massage techniques are used during the treatment of reflexology but reflexology itself is the application of specific types of pressure to the parts of the feet that are shown to correspond with organs and systems of your entire body. Reflexology, when expertly used, has been shown to improve circulation, relieve tension and bring balance to body and mind.
"Reflexology when expertly used, has been shown to improve circulation, relieve tension and bring balance to body and mind."
There is evidence of this type of treatment in ancient cultures (of Egypt and China for example) but the use of the term ‘reflexology’ is more associated with the work of Eunice Ingham who’s research continued on from the work of Dr. William Fitzgeralds ‘Zone Therapy’ in the early 1920’s. Eunice Ingham is known as the ‘mother of modern day reflexology’.