Miss Naylor

“Reflexology is a powerful aid in helping the body regain and maintain homeostasis, physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually.” (Jenny Hope-Spencer)In this essay I will attempt to address reflexology and the above statement onHomeostasis, looking at physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. I will seehow they relate to each other in relation to homeostasis. Using books and web-sites Iwill find if the above statement has any physical proof, but also looking at the historyand the theories behind what we know as reflexology today.
Homeostasis
Homeostasis is the constant balance of the body’s internal environment, within verynarrow margins.The body, in health is regulated by the brain, glands and the organs ect… If one ofthese is out of balance, the effects are felt though out the body. Stress and tension cancontribute to illness. Tense muscles restrict blood flow, reduce the transportation ofoxygen and nutrients and preventing the elimination of waste products. The wholesystem becomes sluggish and is unable to function effectively. There is about 7,200nerve endings in each hand and foot, by stimulating these nerves, the reflexologist canenable the pathways to clear, becoming more efficient and enabling the systems towork more effectively.
We are as healthy as the weakest glands and organs. As we bring new vitality and increased function to an organ or gland, the whole body feels stronger and healthier. (Norman, L, 2003)
Reflexology and its History
Reflexology was first practiced by the North Americans, Indians, Chinese andEgyptians. Dr Fitzgerald in 1913 started offering a similar therapy to reflexology, itwas later termed zone therapy by Dr Edwin Bowers, this used ten zones wherepressure was applied to certain areas which could produce an anaesthetic effect.Several American doctors including, Dr George Starr White, Dr Joe Riley wrotefurther…

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