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Posted Aug 26 2008 4:29pm

Surely I am not alone when I say I just LOVE to have my feet rubbed. For over a decade, my husband has selflessly (well, he does grumble sometimes!!) indulged me in my one little pleasure. I always feel relaxed and at peace after a session - perhaps that’s where my interest in reflexology began .

Reflexology is a deep manipulative treatment designed to release toxin build-up, improve blood circulation and lymph drainage and strengthen the immune system. It’s probably been practised for centuries, in one form or another. The Egyptians used it – as evidenced by wall paintings at the t omb of Ankhmahor (highest official after the Pharaoh) at Saqqara , Egypt (also known as the physicians tomb) – as well as the Chinese, Native American, Mayan and Incan civilisations. The modern form has its origins in Zone Therapy developed by Dr. William H. Fitzgerald, M.D in the early 1900’s and further developed by Dr. Shelby Riley, M.D and Eunice Ingham in the 1930's.

Reflexology generally eases stress and creates a state of relaxation in the receiver.

Occasionally, the build-up and subsequent release of toxins during a session, results in a ‘healing crisis’ which manifests itself in the form of perspiration, headaches, skin flare-ups or nausea. This state does not last long and indicates that the body is responding to treatment.

Over the next few weeks I will be providing you with various ways you can help yourself through reflexology - by stimulating specific points on your hands and feet. You might want to subscribe to my blog, to ensure you get these updates.

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