The history of an ancient practice
Reflexology dates back at least 4,000 years. Some of the first records to bring reflex zone therapy to the fore for its health benefits are found in the tomb of the Egyptian physician Ankmahor. On the walls of his mausoleum there are hieroglyphic engravings in which two patients appear being massaged by two other people on their feet and hands.
We also find evidence of the use of reflexology in the Canon of the Yellow Emperor: This text documents the first discussions about the effectiveness of the therapy among the medical experts of the imperial family. The development of reflexology is tremendously related to acupressure and acupuncture, but what principles govern it?
Traditional Chinese medicine offers us an answer. The vital energy or qi is the inherent virtue of every human being and travels through our body incessantly. This qi sometimes remains stagnant at some point in the body and according to oriental superstition, it can cause diseases such as low back pain or insomnia. Reflexology explains that there are points on the hands, feet, ears and face that we can manipulate to get rid of this disease. Stimulating these points will keep the qi in a constant regular flow and help the energy not get stagnant for the sake of our health.