My feet feel so much better, and I’m nice and relaxed. My feet always feel good when I leave here.
– E.W., Ann Arbor, MI

That was awesome! I don’t think I could have gone any deeper into Theta State (of relaxation).
– B.R., Ann Arbor, MI

The most relaxing kind of massage I’ve had! I really go to another place during reflexology.
– N.S., Ann Arbor, MI

My headache is gone! My stomach feels better.
–J.S., Grass Lake, MI

Ancient Therapy - A Brief History of Reflexology

Foot reflexology, or therapeutic foot massage, has a long history. It originated thousands of years ago. Egyptian hieroglyphics from 2500 B.C. depict people working with each others’ feet. An ancient Chinese medical text describes it. Hundreds of years ago, people in India, Russia, and Japan also benefited from it.

In the 1930’s, Eunice Ingham, an American physiotherapist, carefully mapped out, through trial and error, the foot reflex zones corresponding to organs, glands and other body parts. She showed that applying pressure to specific reflex zones on the feet has a therapeutic effect on the corresponding body parts. Circulation of blood and lymph increases, pain decreases, and cellular waste products are disposed of more efficiently. Relaxation of the tension in organs and in the entire body occurs. By relaxing and functioning more optimally, the body can work on healing itself.

There is a fascinating illustration in Laura Norman’s book, Feet First, which shows how the reflex zones on the feet correspond to the rest of the body.

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course materials

Basically, reflex zones on the toes correspond to the head (remember that next time you stub your toe!) and reflex zones on the heel correspond to the lower pelvic area. In between, the reflex zones on the ball of the foot correspond to the chest area (lungs and heart, - remember that when you wear high heels, you fashionable women!), and the reflex zones in the arch of the foot correspond to the abdomen (kidneys, liver, and intestines). The entire line on the inside edge of the foot is a reflex zone for the spine, and the outside edge of the foot has reflex zones for the arms and legs.

These days, Foot Reflexology is used as a healing modality in many parts of the world and gaining in popularity as people seek out alternative yet effective therapies to keep them well.

Healthy people who would like to maintain optimal health can also benefit because getting a Reflexology session is like getting a tune-up for your body and immune system! There is now a bigger emphasis on preventive health care, because it is much more cost-effective than waiting until people are real sick and need expensive hospital care and medicines. Foot Reflexology is in the forefront of preventive care, strengthening immune systems one foot at a time.

Here is an interesting perspective from the website of the International Reflexology Association:

“Although foot reflexology has its roots thousands of years ago, it… being rediscovered only now. According to statistics from the Reflexology Association of Canada, Thailand tops the world in reflexology practice, with about 65 percent of its population going to reflexologists. Other countries, like Sweden, Canada and the US, are not far behind…”

Foot Reflexology is both an ancient and a modern healing modality!

A2 Reflexology
in the Natural Healing Center
2002 Hogback Rd, Suite 14
Ann Arbor, MI 48105

Denise Held
Cell: 734.649.2891
Office: 734.973.8290