I read a thought-provoking article this afternoon, adapted from the book Reflexognosy: A Shift in Paradigm. In it, the author, Christine Issel, argues that reflexology is more closely aligned with osteopathy than massage therapy, because of their common interpretation of and focus on reflexes and the reflex arc.
In the practice of osteopathy, reflexes are considered useful for three purposes, two of which are shared with reflexology:
- Influencing the motion of fluids, especially lymph, and
- Influencing the functioning of the organs through the nervous system.
There also seems to be a common recognition by both disciplines of the communication that occurs between reflexes of the soft tissue and the endocrine system and the necessity of relaxation of the musculature to promote balance in the body.
Anyway, it’s a very interesting article, with ideas well worth entertaining. I expect that the book is equally engaging. Information on how to pick up a copy is listed below.
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Reflexognosy: A Shift in Paradigm by Issel & Rogers © 2000.