Reflexology – A Way Into the 21st Century


When asked if they have ever had Reflexology, people who have experienced it light up. They remember how wonderful it was to feel the skilled hands of a Reflexologist. Not only do they report feeling like they were walking on a cloud after their Reflexology sessions, but also feel better all over, with a delicious, enhanced sense of wellbeing.

Reflexology is the study, science and art of using specific touch on reduced maps), very closely resembling the shape of the human body, found on the outer ears, hands and feet. According to Reflexology theory, an effect of the many stresses of the build up in various parts of our bodies, blockages also build up in the parts of the ears, hands, and feet that correspond to those stressed areas. These blockages show the bioelectric flow from one nerve to another. In turn, cells do not receive all the nerve energy they need to function their best. Reduced neural supply to cells often leads to health imbalances (illness, discomfort, pain).


By applying gentle touch techniques with names like thumb walk, metacarpal roll and double inchworm, blockage that reduced bioelectric flow from one nerve to another is broken down. As blockage is eliminated, fuller nerve energy supply can get to the cells of the body, allowing them to function at full capacity again. A properly functioning cell is a healthy cell. As cells are healthier, people feel better.

Some of the reported benefits of Reflexology include profound relaxation, pain reduction and elimination, improved circulation, enhanced oxygen nutrient supply, and detoxification. In turn, organs, glands, and structures of the body normalize and function more optimally. It is common for people to seek out Reflexology not only to feel better, but also to prevent imbalance and maintain good health. Since a person remains fully clothed during Reflexology sessions – only shoes and socks are taken off – Reflexology also provides a safe way to bring a nurturing touch into your life.

Paul Nagier M.D., a neurophysiologist, first discovered the map of the body on the outer ear in France in 1957. William Fitzgerald, M.D. in the early 1900’s, had discovered the maps of the body on the hands and feet in the United States. Until the early 1980’s, the public heard almost exclusively of foot Reflexology, and only occasionally of hand and ear Reflexology. An entire series of discoveries emerged during the decade of the ‘0’s, forming a new body of knowledge that is revolutionizing the field of Reflexology.

The first dramatic breakthrough came with it was realized the reflexing all three Reflexology maps (ears, hands and feet) was noticeably more effective than working on just one of these three systems. A second major discovery followed, that each of the three Reflexology systems is better for certain types of health imbalances. The ears are especially valuable for quick relief of muscular tension and discomfort often found in neck, shoulder, lower back, hip and sciatic areas, and are uniquely effective for relieve of many allergic reactions. Hands help one to get a quicker grasp of headaches, sinus problems and upper abdominal discomfort such as hyperacidity. Feet shine in their usefulness for relief of Premenstrual Syndrome, menstrual cramps, knee discomfort and general abdominal tension and stress.

Yet a third discovery came only after years of practiced application of the first two. Priority patterns emerged, revealing the most effective order in which to reflex ears, hands, and feet to reduce the effects of stress for any particular part of the body.

In order to verify these recent findings, a scientifically conducted Reflexology research study looked at women who suffer from Premenstrual Syndrome. All of the participants kept records of 39 different PMS symptoms every day for six-months. The women were divided randomly into three groups – active, placebo and control. The control group received no Reflexology during the six-month study; they were used for baseline comparison. The active and placebo groups received hands-on Reflexology during the middle two months of the research project. The active group received actual Reflexology that had nothing to do with PMS symptoms. The results were dramatic: 62.6% reduction in PMS symptoms for the active group, only 24.8% reduction of symptoms for the placebo group, which is normal for placebo-related studies, and no appreciable improvement in the control group.

If the increase of the popularity of Reflexology over the past 10-years is any indication, we are in for an exciting journey into the 21st century and beyond.

Tamara Boswell Petrucci is a licensed esthetician, certified Reiki master/teacher, certified Integrated Reflexologist and Aromatherapist. Her services include facials, peels, microcurrent facial rejuvenation (non-surgical facelift), oxygen facials, LED photofacials. Sound and light therapies are often included in her sessions. She is a featured author and guest lecturer, guest co-hosts a radio program and has appeared on television as the Goddess of Skin Care. She teaches all levels of Reiki as well as Reflexology and Aromatherapy. Her practice is located in north Orange County, CA. Her website is She is a regular blogger at


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