Every year, the last week of September is celebrated by reflexologists around the world as the World Reflexology Week (WRW), as a way of observing the importance of this therapy, spreading it and making people aware of wellness. This year, the celebrations started last September 21st and end tomorrow, the 27th.
The idea behind WRW is to promote an increasingly important therapy. Reflexologists around the world hold events during this week so that people can experience the proven benefits of reflexology.
Reflexology is a non-invasive complementary health therapy – not intended, therefore, to treat or diagnose medical conditions – and is based on the theory that different points on the feet, leg, hands, face or ears correspond to different areas of the body, to different organs. The pressure applied to the reflex points sends signals and energy to the internal organs to work in harmony. Reflexology can also help your body get rid of metabolic waste and promote a general sense of well-being.
The technique is not new and the benefits of both massage and reflexology have long been known. For more than 3000 years, the Chinese have used this practice as a way of rebalancing Qi – the vital force that flows through energy channels – and, consequently, treating a series of ills and health problems.
Did you know that, for example, each foot contains more than 7200 nerve endings, 19 muscles, 26 bones and 107 ligaments? Your feet are connected to every organ in the human body, and it is no coincidence that ancient Asian cultures compare their feet to the roots of a tree.
The creation of WRW dates back to 1994, when members of the International Council of Reflexologists declared that the number one priority was to do just that. It was then that ICR President Bill Flocco accepted the challenge. That was the beginning of everything. However, only since 1999, WRW has a week dedicated to it: the last week of September.
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