Reflex-zones (Somatotopies: from the Greek soma = body and topos = place, area) are areas on the skin, which shows the connection between the internal organs and body structures.
Nobody knows exactly when the science of the reflex zones arose. In the cultures of ancient Babylon, Egypt and China there are evidences that it existed five thousand years ago.
The knowledge about the reflex-zone diagnosis is as old as the knowledge is about the body meridians and acupuncture. Acupuncture has been practiced for thousands of years in many countries, as China, Pakistan, India, old Egypt, as well as Europe. More than 25 reflexzone systems known today that have their origin from the West.
The interpretation of the condition of the reflex-zones serves for the diagnosis of the internal organs and the psyche. The condition of the tissue, firmness, skin colour and the condition of the muscular system of the specific reflexive skin areas, gives information about the regulation state of the organs, which are connected to the reflexzones.
Interaction with the internal organs can be stimulated through goal-directed therapy on the reflex-zones. Using reflex-zone therapy, blockages can be dissolved so that energy for healing can flow to the organs. Then the pathological and psychical patterns, which are stored in the organ, can also be dissolved.
Reflex-zones – studies
The founders of the science of the reflex zones in the West can be considered the doctor William Fitzgerald (1872 – 1942) and Russian doctors Ivan Pavlov (1849 – 1936) and Vladimir Bekhterev (1857 – 1927). I.P. Pawlow is famous through his investigation of conditional reflexes, had described his thoughts about the “Nervismus.” He recognized the nervous system as a coordinating, connecting and regulating instrument of the body. This centre receives incoming stimuli from the outside and Practical Guide for the Holistic Reflex-Zone Biofeedback
answers it (responds to it). Pawlow believed that the “answers” lie in the nervous system’s regulation system and that it can control totally. Pawlow is said to be the first person to conceptualize “Holistic Medicine.”
Over the past few years more than 300 scientific papers on treatment with the help of reflex zones have been published around the world. Particularly successful in this area in recent years have been biophysicist Shweta and doctor Katarina Guettner from the clinic at the University of Jena in Germany.
Reflex-Zone Diagnosis and Therapy in Past and Present Times
In the last several years, a holistic health movement has developed throughout the world, in which many old and reliable therapeutic methods have been revived. People want to better their quality of life and prevent sickness. Besides Ayurveda, Acupuncture and plant medicine, Reflex-Zone therapy has increased popularity in treatments used today. Worldwide, there are many Naturopaths, Physiotherapists, Massage Therapists, Nurses and Doctors, where the reflex-zone work is deeply ingrained in their therapy program.
Even though the reflex-zones have been studied in modern times, millennium old sciences of ancient high cultures have known the energetic connection between zones on hands and feet, on the ear, in the face and in the eyes. And the knowledge about the reflex-zone diagnosis is as old as the knowledge is about the body meridians and acupuncture or acupressure. Acupuncture has not only been practiced in China for thousands of years, but it has also been demonstrated in other cultures and countries like Pakistan, India, and in old Egypt. (“Dictionary of the Martial Art”). Nowadays, Acupuncture is constantly finding more recognition in the Western World.
Reflex-zones – approvement
Recently, the World Health Organization (WHO) approved existence and importance of the reflex-zones, as well as acupuncture is approved as medical treatment more than 300 different illnesses (not only a form of the alternative therapy) – WHO Chronic No. 34, 1980.