Reflexology; a system of massage used to relieve tension and treat illness, based on the theory that there are reflex points on the feet, hands, and head linked to every part of the body.
Reflexology, Acupressure, Acupuncture, and Massage have a common origin and modality. They all use the concept of stimulating pressure points in carious locations of the body to relieve stress and/or to stimulate the body’s natural healing processes. These points can be the actually locations of discomfort, may be associated with energy lines through the body, or may be the projections of the other anatomical parts of the body on the ear, hand, or foot. This concept of using pressure on various parts of the body dates back to as early as those that practiced acupressure in China over 2,000 years ago. Those in western medicine followed much later. One, often mentioned, is Dr. Paul Nogier of Lyon, France who, in the 1950’s mapped the pressure points of the ears. As time followed others elaborated on these early works and a wide variety of “maps” are presently available. In many ways the mappings are similar but there are some differences.
The reflexology maps are based on the oencepts that the ear, foot, or hand are connected to all the other parts of the body through the nervous system or “energy” system and thus become a reflection or snapshot of the entire body. Interestingly, Dr. Nogier put forth the concept that the ear can be mapped by comparing to a baby curled into the fetal position. Others suggest that you have to make some exceptions with this comparison but I have included both images for you to study.
It has been the experience of those using essential oils that applying oils to these same pressure points, identified by these other disciplines, can provide another “gateway” to various parts of the body. Examples of this can be found in the AromaTouch Technique developed by Dr. David Hill and a number of experiences that folks have submitted and are included on neweverythingessential.me