What is foot reflexology based on and what side effects does it have?

Foot reflexology is based on the knowledge gained from the study of over 4,000 years of experience in Chinese medicine. Doctors who introduced this therapy in the West are named after William Fitzgerald in 1917 and the masseuse Eunice Ingham.

Ingham is considered the mother of reflexology as she is known after her practical studies of this body therapy. These investigations were performed on hundreds of patients who evaluated the results to refine the reflex map of the current foot. As you can see, this therapy is still practiced today.

As you know for the most part in this therapy there are no contraindications, but there are cases in which its application is considered counterproductive or more briefly not recommended. These contraindications are:

  • If the patient suffers from any fungus, avoid this therapy because this disease can be transmitted.
  • If you suffer from a foot injury
  • Having phlebitis or thrombophlebitis.
  • If your temperature is above 39º, this therapy will be impossible
  • In case of urgent surgery.
  • And last but not least, people who have had angina or heart attack.

If you have never been to a foot reflexology massage, you should know that the following side effects can occur:

  • Smoked and dark stools and urine.
  • On the 2nd day you may suffer from fatigue that has no explanation
  • In some cases, coughing, sneezing or mucus may occur.
  • Sweating will be much higher than usual
  • Flatulence.
  • And in some cases there may be an inexplicable thirst or hunger

All these side effects can occur due to the elimination of toxins accumulated in the body and not everyone suffers from them.