The underlying theory behind reflexology is that there are “reflex” areas on the feet and hands that correspond to specific organs, glands, and other parts of the body. For example:
- the tips of the toes reflect the head
- the heart and chest are around the ball of the foot
- the liver, pancreas and kidney are in the arch of the foot
- low back and intestines are towards the heel.
Reflexology is claimed to work on an ‘energy’ level, to help restore and maintain the body’s natural equilibrium. Reflexologists do not claim to cure, diagnose or prescribe. Each session of reflexology works on an individual basis. However, it has been suggested that following specific conditions may be alleviated by treatment with reflexology:
Asthma; Sleep disorders; Sinus pain; Pre-menstrual syndrome, menstrual irregularities and hormonal imbalances; Menopausal symptoms; Constipation; Diarrhoea; Headaches and Migraines; Neck pain; Shoulder pain; Sciatica; Back pain.
Many people use reflexology as a means of relaxing the mind and body and counteracting stress. It may help to cope on a physical, mental and emotional level and so encourage healing and the maintenance of health in all areas of life. Some doctors, consultants and other healthcare professionals recognise reflexology as a well-established, respected and effective therapy on an individual basis.
These are ten of the main claims made for Reflexology; that it:
- Helps alleviate stress and tension.
- Improves circulation throughout the body.
- Aids in the removal of toxins.
- Helps the body maintain a natural state of homeostasis.
- Encourages the immune system to work at its optimum level.
- Helps rejuvenate the system and increase energy levels.
- Breaks up the blockages affecting the flow of energy throughout the body.
- Relieves common aches and pains.
- Contributes to the overall well-being of the body, mind, and soul.
- Promotes healthy organ function.
Although Reflexology does not diagnose or treat specific ailments by definition, it has been found over time to relieve symptoms or ease pain or discomfort that have manifested themselves physically in the body – either as a result of stress, trauma or disease.