Reflexology is defined as: a system of massage used to relieve tension and treat illness, based on the theory that there are reflex points on the feet and hands linked to every part of the body.
How it works: When a therapist applies pressure on a reflex point on the foot or hand pertaining to an organ of the body this pressure is transmitted to the brain and the brain works on the organ. It works by a reflex action and therefore the procedure is called reflexology.
Reflexology trains the body to heal itself. There are no medicines used or prescribed, nor are there any side effects. Areas of the body that are not normal will cause pain on the corresponding reflex point on the foot/hand. It is this pain signal that tells the brain that particular organ is malfunctioning and it starts the repair process. Reflexology however is not used as a diagnostic tool as at times the pain experienced on the foot/hand may be local – due to an injury, corn etc.
There are limitations to what can be treated with Reflexology, aids, cancer, genetic problems, diabetes etc cannot be cured. A host of other ailments can be treated for example, anything spinal related, respiratory, allergy, joint pains, migraine etc.
When selecting a Reflexology, one must distinguish between a foot massage (most spas, health centre’s etc do this) and the healing therapy. Reflexology are trained to heal and understand the human body and the organs associated with various ailments.