Reflexology is an alternative therapy that is used to treat a large variety of health problems. Therapists work with the reflex points in the hands, ears and feet. The reflex in reflexology is the key to this type of therapy.
What it is
The idea behind reflexology is that your feet, hands and ears have reflex points on them, and each point corresponds to specific organ or area in the body. By applying pressure to these reflex points, the body is capable of healing itself in specific areas. Reflexology is explained physiologically as releasing energy that balances the nervous system, allowing the body to do its job.
What you feel
Reflexology is quite relaxing. The therapist massages the feet and hands as he searches for reflex points that are tender to the touch. There are times when you may experience pain when pressure is applied to one of the points. If this happens, let the therapist know so he can adjust the pressure in order to ease your discomfort.
How it is done
First, the therapist will typically discuss your health and lifestyle with you. You will be asked to remove your socks and shoes and to lean back in your chair and relax. The therapist will begin to massage one of your feet, finding spots that are tender or that are really sore to the touch. He will continue to apply pressure to those areas until they are no longer sore.
What problems it treats
Reflexology is used to address a wide variety of health problems from stress to more serious problems like the side effects of cancer treatments. Many patients turn to reflexology for digestive problems, back pain, sports injuries, hormonal imbalances, insomnia, arthritis and tension headaches. Reflexology enthusiasts say it help rid your body of congestion and toxins and help each organ function at its capacity. Although reflexology is not used as a cure for health problems or to diagnose those problems, it is used to complement other types of treatments.