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Where is it from?
Earliest traces of foot pressure therapy go back as far as 5,000 years, and have been found in China, Japan, Egypt and among Red Indian tribes in the Americas. During the Dark Ages it found its way to Europe, and forms of "pressure point" therapy were used during the Middle Ages by both peasants and the aristocracy.

That was then, but how about in the modem world?
In the late 1890s the therapy was rediscovered, becoming popular in the United States before arriving in England in the 1960s, under its present name of "reflexology".

So what does it actually do?
Reflexologists believe that every part of the body is connected by energy pathways which end in reflex areas on the feet, hands and head. By working over these areas in a systematic way the whole body is stimulated to achieve its natural state of good health.

A trained reflexologist can detect tiny deposits or imbalances in the feet which mirror congestion or tension in the body, and by applying controlled pressure to the points will help to relax tension and clear blockages. Although hands may be treated, it is usually more effective on the feet.

Teacher: Michael
Many articles taken from 'A word with the doctor', by Dr. John Windsor.


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