Reflexology

Reflexology is a type of massage that involves applying different amounts of pressure to the feet, hands, and ears. It’s based on the theory that these body parts are connected to certain organs and body systems. Reflexology rests on the ancient Chinese belief in qi, or “vital energy.” According to this belief, qi flows through each person. When a person feels stressed, their body blocks qi. This can cause an imbalance in the body that leads to illness. Reflexology aims to keep qi flowing through the body, keeping it balanced and disease free.

In Chinese medicine, different body parts correspond with different pressure points on the body. Reflexologists use maps of these points in the feet, hands, and ears to determine where they should apply pressure.

They believe their touch sends energy flowing through a person’s body until it reaches the area in need of healing.

Some benefits of Reflexology are:

  • reduce stress and anxiety

  • reduce pain

  • lift mood

  • improve general well-being
     

In addition, people have reported that reflexology helped them:

  • boost their immune system

  • get over colds and bacterial infections

  • clear up sinus issues

  • recover from back problems

  • correct hormonal imbalances

  • boost fertility

  • improve digestion

  • ease arthritis pain

  • treat nerve problems and numbness from cancer drugs (peripheral neuropathy)