Within the last few decades, modern medicine has evolved beyond measure. Biomedical scientists, doctors, physicians, surgeons, nurses, paramedics, and other health professionals have been required more than they were, say 30 years ago. As new developments in medicine arrive, modern practices continue to develop. Researchers are constantly seeking new and improved ways to battle fatal diseases and illnesses such as various cancers, heart and lung disease, strokes, diabetes, and other viruses. Modern research concludes that many diseases can be cured and ultimately prevented by improvements in lifestyle and eating habits. However, in western society, specifically in Canada and the USA, with an ever-expanding obesity count and millions who smoke and consume alcohol, modern medicine has become a lifeline for many to ensure they live a whole life.
Eastern medicine is said to have been around for thousands of years. All across Asia, in countries like China, India, Japan, Thailand, Vietnam, and Cambodia, ancient traditions, medicinal practices, and other health habits are still being practiced to this day and have stood the test of time. Reiki, for example, originated in Japan and is now practiced on every continent of the world. Reflexology is so ancient that there is evidence of it being practiced as far back as ancient Egyptian times, around 2330BC.
Reflexology is a non-intrusive health therapy focused on regions of the feet, hands, face, or ears. Specific points on these regions correspond with various parts and systems of the body. Reflexologists work holistically with their clients alongside standard medical healthcare to promote better health outcomes.
Foot reflexology focuses on three distinct zones defined by the bone structure under the foot. When you take a more in-depth approach, the same structures are available on the hand. By working these various points of the hands, feet, ears, and face, a reflexologist aims to relax and balance the areas of the body to which these points correspond. The benefits of reflexology are to increase relaxation, balance, and overall well-being of the individual receiving the treatment.
Treatment procedures typically involve a brief understanding of medical history before beginning. The therapist will aim to work on those areas of the foot that correlate to the client’s discomfort or pain. For example, if a client is suffering from shoulder or back pain, certain areas of the feet will relate to that area of the person’s body. Working and relaxing the feet in that particular area will help soothe and treat the corresponding region of the body the client is having discomfort in. The treatment is usually relaxing and pleasant and can even be ticklish at times, but arguably very effective and specific in treating various aches and pains throughout the body.