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September18–24

World Reflexology week – September 18-24, 2023

World Reflexology Week is celebrated on the last full week of September every year and this year it is held from September 18 to 24. It is a special week that is aimed to promote reflexology and raise awareness about this form of therapy. It aims to elevate reflexology in the minds of the public on a global level. Did you know that reflexology is way different from foot massage? Yes, although it looks similar to foot massage, reflexology is a different form of therapy where certain pressure is applied to specific points in the body to promote healing. So, let us learn about the amazing benefits of reflexology and spread awareness to people who need it the most.

History of World Reflexology week

For those who don’t know about reflexology, it is a non-invasive, complementary health therapy that promotes de-stressing, deep relaxation, and well-being. In essence, it is a touch therapy that is based on the theory that different points of the body such as the face, ears, hands, lower leg or feet correspond with other areas of the body and reflexologists work these points.

Reflexology can be very effective in reducing the overall stress in one’s body by optimizing health and building resilience. All the organs or body parts are reflected in small peripheral areas such as feet, hands, ears, and the face. Reflexologists simply work on those reflected areas, thus bringing balance and improving the health of those parts. The origins of reflexology can be dated back to Ancient Egypt, India, and China. It was later introduced to Western civilization by Dr. William Fitzgerald as he developed ‘Zone Therapy’ in the 1900s. later in the 1930s, Eunice Ingham developed this zone therapy into modern reflexology.

On World Reflexology Week, each year, members of the Association of reflexologists hold events in various parts of the world so that people can experience the benefits of reflexology and have a healthy life. Usually, reflexologists run events offering taster sessions of reflexology for free on this day.

Reflexology is suitable for anyone from newborn babies to elderly people. So, what are you waiting for? Spread the word about the benefits of reflexology and help those in need of it!

World Reflexology week timeline

1900s
The Arrival of Zone Therapy

Dr. William Fitzgerald develops Zone therapy and introduces it to the west.

1920
The First Western Reflexology Foot Map

The first Western reflexology map is produced by experts.

1999
W.R.W. is Established

The association of reflexologists is established by a group of certified reflexologists.

2020s
Reflexology Gets Bigger

People across the world get to know about the benefits of reflexology.

World Reflexology week FAQs

What can be treated with reflexology?

Reflexology is a great therapy to treat people suffering from anxiety, pain during labor, pain due to cancer treatment, arthritis pain, emotional pain, etc. It is a calm method of pain relief that is non-invasive and supportive.

What are the types of reflexologies?

Some of the most common types of reflexologies are standard reflexology, zone therapy, vertical reflex therapy, reflex meridian therapy, and the Morell technique.

What can reflexology help with?

Reflexology is popular amongst people with cancer because it helps boost the immune system and boosts the feeling of well-being. Similar to acupuncture, it works on the energy pathways. Reflexologists especially believe that zones in the feet correspond to organs in the body.

World Reflexology week Activities

  1. Spread the word

    The best way in which you can celebrate World Reflexology week is by spreading the word about the benefits of reflexology. You can post your thoughts about reflexology on social media.

  2. Share your story

    If your life has been changed for the better by reflexology therapy, this is your time! You can take World Reflexology week as an opportunity to share your story with the world.

  3. Visit your reflexologist

    If you are looking for a sign to visit your reflexologist, this is it. You can visit your reflexologist and get a nice session of reflexology therapy.

5 Amazing Facts About Reflexology That’ll Surprise You

  1. Reflexology and E.N.T

    Dr. William Fitzgerald who introduced reflexology to the west is an E.N.T doctor.

  2. It’s called zone therapy for a reason

    Our body has 10 zones and reflexology works on these zones.

  3. It is a form of complementary therapy

    Reflexology is a complementary therapy and is not an alternative to the prescribed therapy.

  4. It lasts for an hour

    A great reflexology session lasts from 45 minutes to 60 minutes.

  5. Scandinavians love it

    Reflexology is one of the most commonly used therapies in Denmark and Norway.

Why We Love World Reflexology week

  1. It is a much-needed day

    Stress had become the official part of our routine. Positive holidays like World Reflexology week are much-needed as they help spread awareness to those in need.

  2. It is a worthy therapy

    Whether you believe in reflexology as a medical practice or not, there are thousands of people out there who have benefitted from this therapy. So, why not give it a shot?

  3. It is a relaxing experience

    ‘Relaxed’ — if you think that this word has become distant to you, it is time to try reflexology. It is a de-stressor that includes lying down and relaxation.

World Reflexology week dates

YearDateDay
2022September 19Monday
2023September 18Monday
2024September 23Monday
2025September 22Monday
2026September 21Monday

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