Evidence of foot and hand massage is found in the hieroglyphs in Egypt and it appears that this formed part of their daily life in as early as 2300 BC. Touch therapy has been around for thousands of years and is expressed in all cultures in one way or another. It is well documented that infants and children who demonstrate a failure to thrive are often touch deprived. Human beings have an innate need to be nourished and nurtured by touch.
In an article published by the University of Minnesota, a review by Kunz and Kunz (2008) was cited which concluded that Foot Reflexology may have a direct impact on specific organs, reduce pain, induce relaxation and improve current symptoms.
The benefits of Hand Reflexology were documented in a randomised control trial carried out to assess the impact of Hand Reflexology on patients undergoing minimally invasive surgery under local anaesthetic. Pain, anxiety and satisfaction with the treatment were measured. The conclusion was the following: ‘participants in the reflexology group reported significantly lower intra-operative anxiety and shorter pain duration than participants receiving treatment as usual.’
Another randomized clinical trial was carried out to assess the effects of Reflexology on anxiety, stress, and depression in women with MS (Multiple Sclerosis). The results of this study showed a statistically significant reduction in the severity of anxiety, stress and depression as compared with the control group
However, you do not have to have to be ill or be going for surgery. Regular reflexology is a great way to stay healthy and to lower your stress levels. Also, we often forget about our feet and how much work they do for us each day. They seem to be the most neglected part of our body, until we injure a foot or sprain an ankle.
So, TREAT YOUR FEET… and feel all the other benefits to your general wellbeing – as well.