HISTORY OF REFLEXOLOGY
Practices resembling reflexology may have existed in previous historical periods. Similar practices have been documented in the histories of China and Egypt. Reflexology was introduced to the United States in 1913 by William H. Fitzgerald, M.D. (1872–1942), an ear, nose, and throat specialist, and Dr. Edwin Bowers. Fitzgerald claimed that applying pressure had an anesthetic effect on other areas of the body. It was modified in the 1930's and 1940's by Eunice D. Ingham (1889–1974), a nurse and physiotherapist. Ingham claimed that the feet and hands were especially sensitive, and mapped the entire body into "reflexes" on the feet renaming "zone therapy" to reflexology. "Modern reflexologists use Ingham's methods, or similar techniques developed by the reflexologist Laura Norman."
Reflexology is an alternative medicine involving application of pressure to the feet and hands with specific thumb, finger, and hand techniques without the use of oil or lotion. It is based on a system of zones and reflex areas that purportedly reflect an image of the body on the feet and hands, with the premise that such work effects a physical change to the body."Reflexology is gentle manipulation or pressing on certain parts of the foot to produce an effect elsewhere in the body."Reflexologists posit that the blockage of an energy field, invisible life force, or Qi, can prevent healing. Another tenet of reflexology is the belief that practitioners can relieve stress and pain in other parts of the body through the manipulation of the feet. One claimed explanation is that the pressure received in the feet may send signals that 'balance' the nervous system or release chemicals such as endorphins that reduce stress and pain.
Cebu reflexo- foot therapy is located at Patria de Cebu building ( in front of Metropolitan Cathedral church ), ( the moment you enter the Patria building go strait ahead near the canteen to reach reflex-foot area ).
----The moment your name called get inside and prepare your foot to be massage ( for the first timer this could be hard for your part you will feel pain ( but slight tolerable ) just in touch with your therapist what to do for your massage. ( soft / light massage only to make you feel comfortable.)
----The in-charge will give you an envelope for donation and asking you to pay the maintenance fee.
-----The therapist will ask you for your alcohol, towel, oil or lotion.
----While on going massage the therapist will mention some reason why you feel the pain the moment its hit/ press your foot. ( some precaution well be mention )
-----30 minute of massage your foot will be happy because you give them an extra importance. ( it is important to give them a treat for awhile because your foot carry you all the time ).
---They also massaging hands, back, foot.
---donation fee ------depending on what you give
----tip fee------depending on what you give
NOTE:-----If you wanted for additional massage ( hands / back ) additional payment for donation fee/ maintenance fee / tip fee ( therapist has a designated masterpiece of every massage you wanted )
-----alcohol------( if you bring you own alcohol good for you ) if not, you can buy to them at Php30/pc. small size
----oil-----( if you bring your own oil good for you ) if not, buy at Php25/pc.
----towel -----( if you have your own good for you ) if not, buy at Php15/pc.
----They are open 8am-7pm daily
----Go there ahead of time or not holiday to avoid waiting your name to be called ( because reflexology in Cebu has a lot of clients )
-----Just approach your therapist what kind of massage you wanted to be ( hard, soft, medium )
----If you love their service don't be too kuripot...........hehehe......give them a deserving amount that are fix to their services.
----If you under go of a surgery for 1 year at least reflex is not good for you. for now, maybe come back after 1 year of your surgery healing. ( for extra precaution purposes )
---Menstruation period big no to get reflex ( for extra precaution purposes )
---After the message do not wash your feet overnight.
HOW TO GET THERE??
---Or ride a jeep ( signage cathedral / sto.nino ) fare Php7, just tell the driver to drop you off at the cathedral church. ( across metropolitan cathedral is the patria de Cebu building )