I am a huge fan of healing yourself naturally. I believe 100% that there is a natural cure to anything anyone is or has been going through. I believe nature over the pharmaceutical, so called “conventional” methodologies any day. Maybe it’s because I am Indian and my parents brought me up to believe in this and as I grew older, and did my own research and made a decision to carry this way of thinking on.
Anyway, I have looked into Reflexology and really admire it’s teachings. Reflexology is a non medical form of treatment in which specific spots on the surface of the body, usually the soles or the palms, are methodically pressed with a view to suitably influencing the internal organs of the body. Alternatively, Reflexology can be defined as a science of stimulating points (usually on the soles or the palms) which have a correspondence or a link with the internal organs of the body. (Extract taken from the book illustrated by Dr Dhiren Gala. This book is really worth getting – it costs a few £’s and is written and researched thoroughly. I would highly recommend it – based on content and cost.)
It makes sense – all of our nerves and bodily systems are interlinked so stimulation of these points can alleviate pain, heal and prevent disease/illness.
Reflexology was prevalent in India and China almost 5000 years ago. It was also found to have been practiced by the Egyptians where a picture was found in the tomb of Ankhmahar – the King’s Physician at Saqquara in Egypt was found. The tomb is estimated to be around 4500 years old.
-Dr Ball of Leipzig, Germany published a booklet describing treatment of organs through pressure points.
-US President W. Garfield was able to alleviate the pains he had, following an assassination attempt by applying pressure to various points in his feet. Painkillers gave him no relief.
I found a great website Healthy Soles School where the founder has dedicated her life to teaching and practicing reflexology. She has written a great piece on the History of Reflexology in chronological order. This is a great solution that has been practiced for many years across many parts of the world.
I remember my Grandad made a small stick, the shape and size of like your middle finger and gave one to all of his children. He said this was a tool for reflexology. So you could sit in a chair, cross your leg over and use the stick to stimulate your pressure points. Great idea!
You can also buy many other products that you can roll your feet on, stand on etc so that your pressure points are stimulated.
Anyone can practice reflexology in it’s simplest form. I recommend that you do some background reading so that you understand the techniques and what to look out for. Then get comfortable and get started. Start from the top of your hands or feet and push on every possible point a couple of times before moving on to the space next to it. If one point is sore, spend more time on it, push it a few more times and alleviate the pressure. Look up what part of the body that point was and work towards healing it. Below are the 2 charts for hands and feet. It makes sense really. That’s where all of our nerve endings are too.
If you do go and see a practitioner, make sure they are qualified and feel free to ask them about their training and experience. It can be quite expensive as you will probably need a few sessions. You may even decide to use this therapy as a preventative to illness and disease. I have been to see Gopi Gill for Journey Work but I do know that she is a qualified reflexologist and good at what she does. She is worth calling if you are in the Harrow/London area.
Thanks for the pictures: