I mulled, gnawed, and chewed over several ideas for my first post before spitting them out. I decided this one should be short. An introduction, of me – to you.
With ample information on the Internet about reflexology, a recap will suffice:
- Reflexology was a practical modality in ancient Egypt and China.
- William F. Fitzgerald, M.D. introduced reflexology to the United States in 1913. He claimed that applying pressure had an anesthetic effect on other areas of the body.
- Eunice D. Ingham, a nurse and physiotherapist modified reflexology in the 1930’s and 1940’s. She was the one who coined the term “reflexology.” She found, through her practice, that alternating pressure on a certain point stimulated healing, rather than having a numbing effect. Ingham’s procedures are used by reflexologists today.
I first heard of reflexology in the mid 1990’s. An acquaintance was about to take a course. “Would you be one of my practicum clients?” she asked. I vaguely remember thinking it all sounded too woo-woo-y for me, and mumbled something like, “Gee, thanks, but, um … no.” Coming from me; that was a bit of a joke. My parents and friends thought I excelled at woo-woo. At the time, I was a vegetarian long before it became an acceptable lifestyle choice, read the tarot, and could spout the meaning of the astrological signs.
Over twenty years later, I would find my passion and profession in reflexology.
There’s something subtle about reflexology. Then again, maybe there isn’t. Reflexology can have a profound affect on people.
If you skipped about in the menu, and read the blurb, “About” me, you are aware I’ve been in a motorcycle accident, and survived multiple surgeries. Chronic pain and I limped everywhere together. In 2004, I happened to be at a retreat where I experienced both acupuncture and reflexology for the first time.
Without a doubt, my pain shifted after one session of each. I slept better. I noticed a reduction of pain and an increase in sensation in my left leg, hip and back. I felt … hopeful.
Reflexology and acupuncture became my top pain relief choice.
The only alternate/default were the big guns, only available by prescription. After decades of NSAID’s, muscle relaxants and pain meds, my innards deserved a break.
I believe each of us respond to a particular modality, or modalities of holistic treatments. We all have a key to unlock the innate wisdom of our bodies. In my case, acupuncture and reflexology. In yours, perhaps deep tissue massage. (Or reflexology.)
I hope my posts will be of interest, and you’ll visit from time to time.