Based on an ancient Chinese therapy, reflexology involves the manipulation of specific reflex areas in the foot, hands, and ears that correspond to different parts of the body. This is sometimes referred to as zone therapy. It involves the application of pressure to these reflex zones to stimulate body organs and relieve areas of congestion. The word reflex is defined as an action that is performed as a response to a stimulus, without conscious thought. Thus, in a similar manner as acupressure, reflexology works with the body’s energy flow to maintain balance in physical function and stimulate self-healing.
Reflexology is also especially useful in emotional disorders and stress-related illness.
Reflexology is based on ancient therapy, which goes back as far as 4000 BC. We know reflexology is based on ancient Chinese therapy, but evidence has also been found on reflexology treatment in the tomb of Ankmahor in Egypt from the same era. North American Indians have also been known to have practiced a form of foot therapy for hundreds of years. Needless to say, this form of therapy has stood the test of time and is still used today to help many people with health issues. In fact, various research studies in the U.S. and around the world indicate the benefits of modern reflexology for different conditions.