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Saturday, 21 May 2011
The foot consists of 26 bones, 56 ligaments and 33 joints and one sole. A practitioner of reflexology believes each organ in the body is connected to a specific reflex point on each foot through an intermediary of 300 nerves. By a manipulation of these points, vital functions can be stimulated, toxins eliminated, blood circulation improved and nerves soothed.
There is much interest in the study of chi or the way energy flows through the body and the body's electromagnetic field. This has long been harnessed by martial arts practicioners to do demonstrations like blow out candles and by traditional healers to remove energy flow blockages. The ability to generate and control chi release is thought to be gained through meditation. Among scientists energy is thought to be described by mechanical models allowing a mathematical description. Research goes on.
In China, the earliest known documentation of reflexology dates back to the fourth century BC, when it was practiced in conjunction with acupuncture by a doctor name Wang Wei. Foot reflexology is again being recognized both in China and abroad as an extremely useful technique. Keep those feet clean.
I am in Beijing from 5-13 June and heading out to see the farmers. I will be enduring much agonising chinese massage in the name of research!