Reflexology is a therapy in which pressure is applied to reflex points on the hands, feet, and ears.
It is based on the principle that these reflex points are related to the internal organs and glands, and are laid out in the same arrangement as that in the physical body in the form of a “map” or microcosm.
Pressure or palpation on a reflex point can therefore affect these structures.
This treatment helps stimulate the normal function of the organ involved (for instance, secretion of a hormone or digestive enzyme), and thus aids self-healing, bringing about physical and mental well-being.
Foot reflexology is the practice of stimulating areas of the feet that correspond to parts of the body with specific hand, thumb and finger techniques.
This stimulation is believed to have a positive effect on a person’s health and well-being.
We know that foot reflexology is very relaxing, and periods of relaxation are important in our lives.
When you relax, breathing and thinking slows, which helps to improve circulation, and allows your body to use more oxygen.
When you are relaxing, endorphins (the body’s painkillers) get to where they’re needed.
Although many people swear by foot reflexology and tell you their successful stories, there has been very little scientific research into the possible health effects of foot reflexology.
Reflexologists posit that the blockage of an energy field, invisible life force, or Qi, can prevent healing.
Another tenet of reflexology is the belief that practitioners can relieve stress and pain in other parts of the body through the manipulation of the feet.
One claimed explanation is that the pressure received in the feet may send signals that ‘balance’ the nervous system or release chemicals such as endorphins that reduce stress and pain.
These hypotheses are rejected by the general medical community, which cites a lack of scientific evidence and the well-tested germ theory of disease.
Reflexology can help with relieving stress and tension, emotional healing, increasing blood circulation and aiding in the removal of toxic wastes.