Reflexology: More Than Foot Massage

by | Jun 24, 2015 | Health

If you are looking into holistic health courses at massage schools in Sedona, in the beautiful Red Rocks or on the banks of the Verde River, why not consider reflexology as an option? It can be used on its own, but is often the perfect adjunct to other forms of massage therapy. By learning the science and art of reflexology, you can improve your knowledge of what is an ancient form of massage. You may also find yourself further attracted to other forms of massage therapy.

The History of Reflexology

The practice of reflexology is not new. It is actually centuries own. There are depictions of this from of treatment as far back as 2,338 BC. It is depicted clearly in some wall paintings that decorate the Tomb of Ankomohor (Physicians Tomb), Seqqara, Egypt.

This is the earliest recorded example, however, there are later mentions in Chinese history. It was, in fact, a part of acupuncture treatments in China. Eventually, the practice arrived in the United States. It made its way here through the auspices of a physical therapist, Eunice Ingham (1889-1974), arriving in America in the 1930s. Encouraged by her mentor Dr.  Shelby Riley, she published the first modern book on the subject in 1938 – Stories The Feet Can Tell.

As part of the courses offered through ASIS massage school in Sedona and the Verde Valley in Arizona, the practice has continued to grow. Once scorned as foot massage, reflexology has begun to be recognized as a legitimate practice with several health benefits.


Reflexology is a form of bodywork. However, unlike other types of massage, it focuses on a singular body part – the feet, reaching various reflex areas throughout the body. The modality on reflexology is integrated at the state’s original massage schools in Sedona. If you want to understand why reflexology is effective, you need to know as much as possible about its techniques, theory and even evolution. Essentially, there are two basic strokes employed in reflexology treatments. They are:

1. Creeping
2. Rotating

Over the years, the techniques have been adapted to newer forms of reflexology including Ayurvedic reflexology – a blend of Asian and Western techniques and approaches.


Reflexology can be used on its own, however, it can easily be integrated in combination with many other forms of massage. At our massage schools in Sedona, Arizona, you can learn how to combine it with most other practical massage and other types of therapies including:

1. Aromatherapy
2. Swedish Massage
3. Holistic Massage
4. Shiatsu
5. Chinese Massage
6. Acupressure
7. Deep Tissue Body Work
8. Yoga

In fact, reflexology can be combined with almost any type of massage therapy that believes in treating the entire body.

Learning Reflexology in Massage Schools in Sedona

If you want to learn reflexology, it is important for you to attend the right courses. Check into your local Arizona massage schools to find the right program to fit your needs. In Sedona and the Verde Valley of Arizona, through the ASIS campuses, you can find what you are looking for – a chance to explore this intriguing form of massage therapy.

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