What is reflexology?
Reflexologists use their fingers and thumbs to apply pressure to the client's feet, hands and head or face. The goal of a treatment is to relax and calm the client and encourage their body to return to homeostasis - a state of balance. When the body is calm and stress-free, it can operate and heal itself more effectively.
How does it work?
The main theory behind reflexology is that different points on the feet (or hands etc) correspond to different parts and systems within the body. By applying pressure to different points on the feet or hands, the corresponding organs and systems they belong to are also stimulated and encouraged to relax, rebalance and return to a state of homeostasis.
What are the benefits of regular reflexology (and massage) treatments?
Regular treatments can help clients manage stress, anxiety and pain. By helping calm the body so it can heal itself, you're helping your immune system to better cope with modern life and environmental factors. Some people find they require less medication, have more energy or feel an improvment in their mood.
Why are feet so special?
We know that the hands, particularly the finger tips are incredibly sensitive but feet also have high levels of 'tactile acuity'. There are more nerve endings per square centimetre in the foot than any other part of the body - approximately 15,000. These nerves are intricately connected to the rest of the body through the central nervous system, passing through limbs, muscles, organs and the spinal column until they reach the brain. Our feet constantly supply us with information about the surface we walk on, without our even being aware of it. Feet tell us whether the ground surface is hot or cold, rough or smooth and which side it slopes to. It's easy to forget how amazing your feet are and their important role supporting your body.
What is reflexology? The Association of Reflexologists
Reflexology The Guardian
Health benefits of reflexology Netdoctor