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Title: All About Reflexology

All About Reflexology
  • Part 1 of the Reflexology Presentations

History of Reflexology
  • Reflexology evidence dates back to at least 2500
    BC in ancient Egypt.
  • It was also known to China and Europe.
    Reflexology works on the basis that the body is
    mapped out on the whole foot, including the
    dorsal area and side areas.
  • Dr.William Fitzgerald and Eunice Bingham both
    discovered Zone Therapy. Dr.W Fitzgerald
    discovered zone therapy during his work as the
    head of the Nose and Throat department in
    Connecticut. Eunice Bingham took zone therapy
    much further and mapped out the whole of the body.

What is Reflexology?
  • Reflexology is a treatment method for activating
    the bodys healing powers. It is performed on
    the feet using specific manipulations and
    pressure giving the client both emotional and
    physical benefits.
  • Reflexology is based on the principle that there
    are ten longitudinal reflex zones, five on each
    foot, linking energy paths and mapping out all
    corresponding body parts and organs.
  • Also that there are four transverse zones,
    sectioning the body into four main areas.
  • During the treatment whereby stimulation takes
    place, toxins are moved along these pathways, and
    are then eliminated from the body via various

How does Reflexology work?
  • Reflexology works by balancing the body systems
    via the energy pathways which circulate
    throughout the body. This energy flow is also
    known as the Chi or Qi. The bodys balance is
    also known as the Equilibrium.
  • If the energy flow is impeded in any way then the
    energy flow will become out of balance causing
    problems in various areas within the body.
  • Once the blockages have been treated, then the
    body will regain its state of Equilibrium.
  • Reflexology can also be used as a preventative
    method of health care, preventing problems

Why Reflexology on the feet?
  • If we work on the theory that the feet are
    divided into to ten zones, five on each foot, the
    feet become a mirror image of the body including
    the spine. Reflexology can also be performed on
    the hands and ears but as the foot has the
    largest surface area, reflex points are easier to
    work on.
  • Other main advantages to working on the feet is
    that some clients do not feel it is so personal
    towards them, that there is that little bit of
    space between the Reflexologist and the client.
    This can allow some clients to relax more, also
    the feet are very receptive to touch.

What Reflexology is Not
  • Reflexology is neither a medical treatment or a
    foot massage. Reflexologists cannot diagnose or
    state that they can cure.
  • Reflexology can help to rebalance the body and
    alleviate symptoms, but the client must never be
    led to believe that they will be cured after a
    reflexology treatment.
  • Only a licensed physician can diagnose and
    practice medicine.
  • The reflexologist is a channel for healing, the
    specific techniques and the applying of pressure
    creates the channels for the healing to take

  • How many zones are found on each foot?
  • A- 4, B-6, C-5
  • How many transverse zones are there sectioning
    the body?
  • A-3, B-5, C-4
  • Does reflexology cure headaches?
  • A-yes B-no
  • What date does reflexology go back to?
  • A-1300AD, B-2500BC
  • What were the names of the people who discovered
    zone therapy?
  • A- Dr.T.Fitzgerald
  • B- Dr.W.Fitzgerald
  • C- Eunice Bingham
  • D- Ellen Bingham
  • Answers can be found in section 7.