Reflexology Added to Menu | How Does it Work?

Reflexology Added To Menu by Keith Jenkins

Reflexology massage now offered at Yup Zup Muscle Therapy & Bodywork. This treatment shares an invigorating yet relaxing foot, hand and neck massage that includes a 34 point foot and 10 point hand reflexology routine. The session opens with a hot towel foot wrap, followed by a stimulating Himalayan salt foot scrub, and then a 34 point foot treatment to reflexively work the body's major organs, back, legs, feet, arms, hands and neck. A short, 10 point hand massage and soothing neck rub gracefully closes out the session.

Reflexology is an ancient healing art that has been known to humankind for many years. It was first practiced in the Egyptian, Indian and Chinese cultures. It is generally defined as the manual manipulation of the feet in order to stimulate through subtle energy reflexes, the various parts of the body to promote health and well-being. It works through homeostatis, but its not a curative technique. The therapist uses various points on the foot, hands and ears to reflexively exercise organs and glands in order to stimulate and promote the body's overall health.

The western world's awareness of reflexology started increasing in the early 1900's after Dr. William Fitzgerald, an American ear, nose and throat surgeon, developed a prototype body reflexology zone theory. He recorded that pressure on specific parts of the body could have an anesthetizing effect on a related area. In an attempt to develop a theory, he divided the body into ten equal and vertical zones, ending in the fingers and toes. His conclusion; the pressure on one part of a zone could affect everything else within the same zone.

In the 1930's Eunice Ingham, a physiotherapist further developed and refined the zone theory into what is now known in western culture as foot reflexology theory. She observed that congestion or tension in a corresponding part of the foot many times mirrors congestion or tension in a corresponding part of the body. Thus, when you treat the big toes there is a related effect in the head and treating the whole foot can have a relaxing and healing effect on the whole body.

• Reduces stress
• Increases circulation
• Breaks up uric acid and calcium deposits on the reflex points
• Reduces muscle tension
​• Feels good


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