Foot reflexology


Foot reflexology is an alternative medicine involving the physical act of applying pressure to the feet or hands with specific thumb techniques without the use of oil or lotion. It is based on what reflexologists claim to be a system of zones and reflex areas that they say reflect an image of the body on the feet and hands, with the premise that such work effects a physical change to the body.


History

Reflexology was introduced to the United States in 1913 by William H. Fitzgerald, M.D. (18721942), an ear, nose, and throat specialist, and Dr. Edwin Bowers. Fitzgerald claimed that applying pressure had an anesthetic effect on other areas of the body.

Reflexology was modified in the 1930s and 1940s by Eunice D. Ingham (18891974), a nurse and physiotherapist. Ingham claimed that the feet and hands were especially sensitive, and mapped the entire body into "reflexes" on the feet renaming "zone therapy" to reflexology. Ingham's theories are prominent in the United States and United Kingdom, although modern methods also exist.

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