Miss Naylor

Miss Naylor

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“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 on

Homeostasis, looking at physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. I will see

how they relate to each other in relation to homeostasis. Using books and web-sites I

will find if the above statement has any physical proof, but also looking at the history

and the theories behind what we know as reflexology today.


Homeostasis is the constant balance of the body’s internal environment, within very

narrow margins.

The body, in health is regulated by the brain, glands and the organs ect… If one of

these is out of balance, the effects are felt though out the body. Stress and tension can

contribute to illness. Tense muscles restrict blood flow, reduce the transportation of

oxygen and nutrients and preventing the elimination of waste products. The whole

system becomes sluggish and is unable to function effectively. There is about 7,200

nerve endings in each hand and foot, by stimulating these nerves, the reflexologist can

enable the pathways to clear, becoming more efficient and enabling the systems to

work 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 and

Egyptians. Dr Fitzgerald in 1913 started offering a similar therapy to reflexology, it

was later termed zone therapy by Dr Edwin Bowers, this used ten zones where

pressure was applied to certain areas which could produce an anaesthetic effect.

Several American doctors including, Dr George Starr White, Dr Joe Riley wrote


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