Inscriptions related to working with the hands and feet to effect one’s health are found in the Ancient Egyptian physician’s tomb at Saqqara from 2500-2330 B.C. Many parts of the ancient world learned and practiced different forms of this type of healing via the Roman Empire.

In the early 20th century, Dr. William H. Fitzgerald developed an idea, Zone Analgesia or (The Zone Theory) that he introduced in 1913. The Zone Theory was that if pressure was applied to the zone that correlated to the area of the injury or problem, relief of pain occurred. The zones were composed of five vertical lines on each side of the body from the bottoms of the feet, the tips of the fingers and continued up the body. Dr. Fitzgerald learned that by putting pressure on those “zones” in some cases, also relieved the underlying cause of the issue.

Additional doctors took Dr. Fitzgerald’s work further. Dr. Shelby Riley added horizontal “zones” or lines across the hands and feet, which would enable him to find more specific reflexes on the hands and feet. A physical therapist by the name of Eunice D. Ingham worked closely with Dr. Riley to come up with her own foot reflex theory in the 1930’s. She found that each reflex related to an exact organ of the body. Dr. Ingham later wrote her first book, “Stories the Feet Can Tell” in 1938, where she recorded her cases and marked where the reflexes on the feet were and still are as reflexologists use these maps of the feet today.

What is Reflexology Today?

Reflexology is based on the theory that certain reflex points on the feet, hands and ears, each correspond with an organ and/or system of the body. In practice, gentle pressure is applied to the reflex points to affect particular organs and/or systems of the body to benefit the person’s health. This practice can help induce relaxation which is known to decrease stress levels, thereby benefitting a person’s health.

What Are the Benefits of Reflexology for Fertility?

Restoring Balance in the Body

A Maternal Reflexologist is specialized to work areas of your body that correspond not only with reproductive organs but also supporting systems such as the nervous system, helping to create that perfect environment required for healthy pregnancy to occur.

True Relaxation

Reflexology breaks the cycle of negative and repetitive thought patterns, often produced by feelings of stress and anxiety. In this day and age, everything is moving so quickly and we are all trying our best to keep up. We are worked to the very ends of our ropes- emotionally, physically and sometimes, financially. Reflexology breaks the cycle and allows for total relaxation, slower breathing, decreased blood pressure, tension relief. All of which allow the body’s healing capability to kick in.

Taking Action

Through relaxation of the nerves and systemic counterparts, healing of the body and mind start to take place. Reflexology for fertility leaves people not only more relaxed, but also confident moving forward by giving greater perspective of their journey to conceive. Even just making the decision to help your goals along by making the appointment, can make you feel more confident and in control because you’re taking positive, pro-active steps toward your pregnancy goals.

Reflexology is a time-tested practice that has been aiding health since ancient Egyptian times. The most important part of the practice is restoring body systems through relaxation and aiding in lymph movement. By partaking in reflexology you are taking one step forward on your path to conceiving. For more information on tips to conceive, here Or click here for more of our blogs.

Resources

http://www.takingcharge.csh.umn.edu/explore-healing-practices/reflexology/how-does-reflexology-work

http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-living/consumer-health/expert-answers/what-is-reflexology/faq-20058139

http://www.fertilityreflexologynetwork.com/fertilityreflexology/

http://www.reflexology-usa.net/history.htm http://www.fertility-reflexology.co.uk/reflexology-history/

http://www.thefootladies.com/History-of-Eunice-D.-Ingham.html

http://www.everythingmom.com/health/reflexology-for-infertility-3-reasons-it-works

http://www.footnsoul.com/about-reflexology/