What is reflexology?
Reflexology (also known as “Zone therapy”) is the massage of the feet and/or hands, manipulating specific pressure points which correspond to the systems of the body.
There are thought to be areas or “reflexes” in the feet and hands that represent and correspond to all parts of the body. In the feet these reflexes are found on the sole, side and top of each foot. The right and left feet represent corresponding areas of the body from the “top, down”. Therefore the toes represent the brain and sinuses, the digestive tract is in the middle of the foot and the heel represents the genitalia.
Similar reflexes are found in the hand but the feet tend to be preferred by practitioners because they are more sensitive and the reflexes (and thus treatment areas) are larger and easier positioned to treat.
Some of the traditionally held beliefs by practitioners are that massage of the feet and hands improves blood and lymph circulation to the corresponding parts of the body, that therapy decreases nervous tension around the affected area and re-activates the body’s natural healing ability. It is thought that crystalline deposits may be present in certain reflex areas. These deposits feel like granules and are thought to interfere with nerve impulses. Massage can clear this problem by breaking down the crystals and thereby promoting nerve transmissions.