30 Mar REFLEXOLOGY: ONE STEP CLOSER TO YOUR HEALTH
Before the shoe, there is the health of your feet. This is how QUIIMA intends shoemaking. Even the most beautiful shoe has to meet the health of the feet, preserving its intrinsic characteristics with a meticulous choice of materials, a particular attention to details and a continuous research of techniques that prevent any anatomical damage.
If there is a practice that excels above all others in this area, this is reflexology.
What reflexology is all about?
Reflexology is an alternative medicine involving application of pressure to the feet specific thumb, finger, and hand techniques without the use of oil or lotion. It is based on a system of zones and reflex areas that purportedly reflect an image of the body on the feet, with the premise that such work effects a physical change to the body.
Practices resembling reflexology may have existed in previous historical periods. The first acknowledgment of these treatments goes back to 5.000 B.C. in Asia (China, Egypt, Tibet). Some documents actually place a similar kind of therapy among Native Americans.
It is only with 19th century that the first map of the foot was tracked giving life to the reflexology we know today. As we said, every part of the foot is connected to a part of the body: toes reflect the upper part, the head; the heel is connected to the pelvis area; the central part reflect the same area of the torso with its organs.
The importance of the feet
“The second heart”. This is how the foot is called. The reason behind this nickname lies in its capability of direct the venous blood back to the heart. Also, it derives from the common sensibility: the foot has approximately 7.200 nerve endings and pressure sensitive spots. These areas, when stimulated, are able to send an input to our brain to make us feel better.
According to reflexology, the human body can be represented with the shape of a tree: the feet are the roots, while the spinal column is the trunk and the head can be identified by the fronds. The power of this metaphor emerges when you think about the importance of the roots for a tree: they connect the whole plant to the hearth and, at the same time, they sustain all the weight. Roots, as the feet, needs to be wealthy. Need an empirical proof? Try to take a walk barefoot on the sand. The sense of well-being is immediate.
Therapy and psychophysical benefits
The therapy start with the observation of the posture of the patient, how he walks and moves. After a tactile and visual examination is possible to find the corresponding area of the body in need of attention and fix the problem with the proper treatment. The complete therapy consists of three steps: finding the problem; restore the general equilibrium of the body, and fix the problem in the specific area with a tactile massage of the foot.
Reflexology is highly indicate for disease that affect digestive system and everything related to anxiety and stress, such as muscles and articulations pain. But as we saw, reflexology can be useful for the entire body, with benefits for nervous, lymphatic and circulatory system.