Reflexology is an ancient Chinese technique that uses pressure-point massage on the feet to restore the flow of energy throughout the entire body.
It is based on the premise that there are reflexes in our hands, feet and ears that relate to every organ and body part. By stimulating these reflexes with pressure and manipulation, nerve function and blood supply may be improved, which may alleviate stress and other health problems. Reflexology is based on the belief that each part of the body is interconnected through the nervous system to the hands and feet.
Stimulating specific reflex points in the feet can bring needed nutrients to poorly functioning areas of the body. This can help restore balance. According to reflexology, by applying pressure to a specific part (the foot is broken up into different points which if stimulated correctly directly correlate to another body system or organ) the body will naturally begin to heal itself.
A few of the long-term effects of reflexology can include reduced stress and induced relaxation, feeling of increased energy, relief from acute and chronic conditions, relief from stress related conditions, cure for sleeping disorders, sports injuries, preventative therapy and improvement of mental alertness.