— The Washington Reflexology Association (WRA) is celebrating its 20-year anniversary in conjunction with World Reflexology Week. They will be hosting an event at the City of Lynnwood’s Health & Safety Community Block Party, the Fair on 44th, on Saturday, September 9th from 10a.m. – 2p.m. This event is open to the general public.
During this celebration, free mini-sessions of reflexology will be offered to attendees. WRA members who are WA State Certified Reflexologists will be on hand to answer questions and lead attendees on a therapeutic walk on the reflexology path in front of the Lynnwood Recreation Center located at 18900-44th Avenue West.
Reflexology is both an art and a science based on the principle that a microcosm (mini-map) of the body is reflected on the feet, hands and ears. It is recognized by the National Institute of Health as a complementary and alternative health care modality which works with the natural healing properties of the body to promote internal balance. A reflexologist uses a variety of touch techniques to stimulate specific points which help the body rebalance. There are many benefits to this work including the reduction of stress which leads to a profound sense of relaxation. Regular reflexology can help reduce pain and accumulated stress in the body long before health challenges develop.
History of Reflexology
Reflexology may be rumored to have its roots in ancient Eastern forms of healing but the development of modern reflexology has happened primarily in the West. Modern day Reflexology was introduced by Dr. William Fitzgerald in 1917 when he originated the “Vertical Zone Theory”, which divided the body into ten vertical zones.
In 1924 Dr. Joe Shelby Riley introduced the “Horizontal Zone Theory”. Dr. Riley’s assistant, Eunice Ingham, later combined the two theories and in 1930 she wrote the first layperson’s book on Reflexology and popularized classes in foot reflexology across America. Today there are many different forms and styles of Reflexology around the world and there are over 250 State-certified reflexologists practicing in Washington State.
About the Washington Reflexology Association:
The WRA’s mission is to promote excellence and professionalism in the practice of Reflexology in the State of Washington. We accomplish this by providing member support through mentorship, idea exchange, network and referral systems, and promotion of education and certification. We promote public awareness and act as a resource for local, national and international Reflexology information.