Reflexology, or zone therapy, eases our small daily pains through pressure applied on certain areas of our body parts such as the hands, feet and ears. A method we invite you to try!

Because of the end of the summer holidays, stress is coming back and many other minor ailments built up little by little each day. These various ailments obstruct our well-being but could quickly be relieved thanks to reflexology, one of the most natural treatments you’ll ever find, a practice developed in the early 30s.

 

How does it work?

It is often taken for a massage, but is actually closer to shiatsu or acupuncture. It assumes that each organ, each part of the body and physiological functions are connected to various “reflex" points located on the hands, feet and ears.

With strong pressure applied with the fingertips on these "reflex zones", the pain fades and tends to disappear.

By stimulating the self-healing process of our body, this practice can relieve headaches, tension in the neck or back pain but also respiratory disorders.

 

Where does reflexology come from?

Numerous illustrations and various texts lead us to believe that it is the Chinese who started using reflexology in antiquity.

But it is an American doctor, Dr. William Fitzgerald, who in the early 1910s, revived the practice. While searching for a method of anaesthesia for minor surgery, he discovered that the pain felt by his patients decreased when applying pressure on certain points of the body. The doctor then developed an anatomical model which divides the body into 10 energy zones, from head to toe, each linked to specific areas of the body: the famous "reflex zones".

It was his assistant, Eunice Ingham, who finished developing reflexology as we know it today in the early 1930s.  She is the author of the first pamphlet on modern reflexology, in which the whole body is clearly «mapped» on the hands, feet and ears,.