Foot reflexology is a simple, non-invasive method to help balance the body. It has been described as a natural therapy that involves the application of a specific type of pressure on particular areas of the feet. Reflexology is the physical act of applying pressure to the feet with specific thumb, finger and hand techniques without the use of oil or lotion. It is based on a system of zones and reflex areas that reflect an image of the body on the feet under the premise that such work affects a physical change to the body.
Reflexology is a therapy that deals with the principle that there are reflex areas in the feet (and hands) that correspond to all of the organs and systems in the body. These points are worked on in specific manipulations that are generally pleasant and are done while you relax. Doing reflexology means more than working on your feet. It is actually working with the person, attempting to mobilize inner energies (bptj physical and mental) in order to fight any imbalance in the system. The reflexologist systematically approaches that neglected area between body and soul where modern medical practice normally stops. Known benefits of foot reflexology include relaxation and relief of stress, promotion of restful sleep, assistance with elimination or reduction of digestive problems, overall wellness, improved mental health, and pain management for chronic or acute pain.
Less obvious benefits resulting from foot reflexology include reduction of reliance on prescription and over-the-counter drug remedies, savings on overall health care expenses and greater enjoyment of life by alleviating some of the common sources of stress noted above. Because the feet and hands help set the tension level for the rest of the body, they are an easy way to interrupt the stress signal and reset homeostasis, the body’s equilibrium.