by Elizabeth Mansur
I have been associated with Reflexology and have been certified by the International Institute of Reflexology for over a decade. I have applied it on my clients for different ailments with great results. I would like to share with you my experience in the ancient art of Reflexology and how it could help balance the body. I learned the original Ingham method taught by Dwight C. Byers and inspired by his aunt Eunice Ingham.
I must allow those who are far more knowledgeable than myself to go into depth on the origins of the science of Reflexology. I will have to add this small contribution to their search: Its origins evidently reached into ancient Egypt as evidenced by inscriptions found in a physician’s tomb called (mastaba) in Egypt. On my trip to Egypt I saw hieroglyphics which showed Reflexology was used back in and got their translation when I visited Cairo with my husband a few years ago. I had the aha moment right then.
Just what relationship Reflexology, as we know it today, has with the very ancient art of Oriental Pressure Therapy, and then of course, we read in the Bible of the traditions associated with the feet, that of washing them, etc could this be another historical hint?
What is Reflexology? I remember memorizing this definition real well for my final exam.
“Reflexology is a science that deals with the principle that there are reflex areas in the feet and hands which correspond to all of the glands, organs and parts of the body. Reflexology is a unique method of using the thumb and fingers on these reflex areas to relieve stress and tension , to improve blood supply and promote the unblocking of nerve impulses, to help nature achieve balance.”
It reminded me of how a mechanic constantly is trying to fine tune a racing machine: he works on each part, constantly adjusting, tuning a screw here, twisting a knob there… until he is fully satisfied that the machine is in perfect running order so it will get the maximum results. This analogy can be applied or compared to our own body system. The healthy human body is an amazing machine with everything working in perfect order, balancing our glands, organs, nerves, chemicals, etc. If one of these components gets out of order then the effect is felt throughout the entire body system. You are out of tune. That is the basis for Reflexology. I have worked on clients with that concept in mind for over 6 years. Many of them described to me on their next appointment the great effect it had on their health and wellbeing. Here is an example of a client name Richard Smith who became a friend of the family through our reflexology sessions. He came to me complaining of swollen feet, discoloration and very dry skin. He had a stroke 2 years prior to our meeting. His son is a famous celebrity chiropractor in Palm Springs, California. He asked his dad to look for a Reflexologist in his area to help with his uncomfortable condition. Richard came to my office wearing a slipper, even though it was kind of cold outside. He said to me that he doesn’t buy shoes anymore and would love to be able to do that again. I worked on him weekly for a month. One day on a Friday afternoon, he unexpectedly walked into my office wearing his favorite shoes with a big smile on his face. I must have tuned his kidneys, an organ that releases excess water (edemas) trapped in the body for a period of time, causing the blood vessels in the feet to restrict with no adequate circulation that caused the discoloration and the dryness Richard was experiencing. Two months later, I wanted to release him from his weekly therapy, but Richard felt offended and unwanted. Little did I know that he wanted to continue the therapy for other reasons as well, and that he started receiving other positive effects, that he admitted to me. He started to get relief from his enlarged prostate and his chronic constipation. Richard stayed a client of mine for over a year with a tune-up here and there.
I loved my job as a reflexologist, knowing that I shared the same principle with ancient Egyptians among other ancient cultures thousands of years ago.
To your health and wellness,
Health & Wellness Coach