Reflexology is a massage technique based on the
theory that there are reflex points in the hands and feet that
correspond to the organs and systems of the body. By stimulating
these points, the therapist can have an effect on the rest of the
body and improve general health.
Reflexology massage applies pressure on "reflex zones" found on the feet, hands and the ears, which are all rich with nerve endings. Application is done through thumb, finger and hand techniques. The term reflexology is used to mean reflection rather than reflex. The idea is that in reflexology, the reflex zones found on the soles of feet, palms of the hands and ear will act as small "mirrors," reflecting the whole body structure.
In reflexology, it is believed that there is a "vital energy" that is circulating between organs of the human body, which penetrates into every living cell. Whenever this energy is blocked, the zone of blockage will be affected. The reflex zones can reflect the blockage of energy in different organs. Therefore, if someone has a problem in a particular organ, when a therapist presses on the corresponding reflex zone or zones, the person will experience pain.