Roots of Reflexology

The very roots of reflexology and its relationship with healthcare and astrology are believed to date back to ancient Egypt, where astrologer/physicions looked towards the stars to provide a theoretical basis on which to treat patients.

Ancient Egypt The oldest documentation depicting the practice of reflexology was discovered in the tomb of an Egyptian physician called Ankmahor, dated around 2500 BCE.

Ankmahor was considered one of the most influential people at that time, second only to the king.

Ancient Egypt The oldest documentation depicting the practice of reflexology was discovered in the tomb of an Egyptian physician called Ankmahor, dated around 2500 BCE. Ankmahor was considered one of the most influential people at that time, second only to the king.

Within his tomb were found many medically related paintings, and the one shown here is believed to be the earliest example of reflexology.

Two patients are receiving reflexology on their hands and feet. 'Don't hurt me', one patient says in the inscription; and the practitioner's reply is, 'I shall act so you praise me'. Reflexology was obViously being practised either as a preventative to ill health or to help ease patients' medical conditions; either way, it is clear that the practitioners wished to meet their patients' needs.

Working with a reflexologist, the physician would have devised individual treatment plans for his patients that focused on the prevention of illness or on treating 0 current condition - so that practitioners were acting 'so you praise me'. Over the years, various forms of reflexology have been practised and developed in America, Africa and the Far East.

These oMen developed in different ways, with different lengths of treatment, heavier or lighter pressure, and even the use of implements such as small sticks or the end of a pipe. Modern reflexology: the pioneers Dr W illiam Fitzgerald was one of the pioneers of modern reflexology.

An American laryngologist who carried out his most significant work in the early 1900s, he had been aware that Native Americans were using techniques of pressure-point therapy to relieve pain.

He also found that there was a lot of research developing in Europe on the functioning of the nervous system and the effects of stimulation of the sensory pathways on the .

 


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