Conventional Reflexology (Brief history)

Conventional Reflexology (Brief history)

Reflexology deals with the principle that there are reflex areas in the feet and hands which correspond to all of the glands, organs and parts of the body. Stimulating these reflexes properly can help many health problems in a natural way, a type of preventative maintenance. 

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In a Cochrane Collaboration review, reflexology is defined as follows: "Reflexology is gentle manipulation or pressing on certain parts of the foot to produce an effect elsewhere in the body."

The Australian Government's Department of Health define reflexology as "a system of applying pressure, usually to the feet, which practitioners believe stimulates energy and releases 'blockages' in specific areas that cause pain or illness.

Eunice Ingham is the pioneer who researched and developed Foot Reflexology. The Ingham Method® of Reflexology is used primarily for relaxing tension, which suggests congestion or tension in any part of the foot is mirrored in the corresponding part of the body. Doctors agree that over 75% of our health problems can be linked to nervous stress and tension. Reflexology improves nerve and blood supply, and helps nature to normalize.

Dr William Fitzgerald developed 'Zone therapy' who was pioneering in translating the reflex areas on the feet and hands were linked to other areas and organs of the body within the same zone for modern Reflexology.  

Vast anecdotal positive results Reflexology has exploded and further developed theoretically with some funded scientific methodology. There are inherent difficulties with scientifically controlling variables and Reflexology certainly needs more research, with it becoming even more accepted in medical Professions for it's positive effects. Furthermore most people who have tried it certainly enjoy it and most research studies do support the benefit of enhanced relaxation which we do know is a pre-requisite for healing. There has been a whole host of further work remaining mostly consistent with Ingham's theory,



Dien Chan Zone The following information has been adapted from www.dienchanzone.com

Dien Chan Zone ‘Dien Chan’ is a form of facial reflexology that implies the principle that by stimulating one part of the body, another part of the body is rebalanced. 

Dien Chan was established in Vietnam using infinite acupuncture points and maps to create a therapeutic possibility.  This brilliant and modern intuition has led to the depiction of the internal organs are placed upon, and connected to, the face. Therein, Dien Chan in its full application is a ‘multi-reflexology’.

Dien Chan Reflexology and Vietnamese medicine puts the face at the centre of everything through massage, stimulation and knowledge of vital points. The Vietnamese were already working with the face to resolve health problems for hundreds and thousands of years. Indeed, facial massage remains and popular aspect of their culture today.

Beatrice Moricoli and Vittorio Bergagnini, two Italian therapists who studied with Dr Chau Professor Chau and adapted it to suit Western culture.   The treatment now uses a delicate “pointer” tool to access the 633 nerve points to bring balance.  It’s an incredibly relaxing, soothing treatment like no other.  Until recently, it has only been taught in Italy but Helen Black is now taking this powerful therapy around the world.


6 Accupuncture points on face are based on the Eastern Theory 12 meridians and extra two being Ying and Yang. and 5 element system which is the starting point of the meridian system.  the other 12 travel to the extremities. 

6 Meridian = arms

6 Meridians = legs



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