My take on Reflexology is that it relaxes and balances the feet and body, if only temporarily. Best of all it feels good.
Clinically, Reflexology is an alternative medicine involving application of pressure to the feet and hands with specific thumb, finger, and hand techniques without the use of oil or lotion and is often described as an example of pseudoscience. It is based on a system of zones and reflex areas that reflect an image of the body on the feet and hands, with the premise that such work effects a physical change to the body.
A 2009 systematic review of randomized controlled trials concludes: "The best evidence available to date does not demonstrate convincingly that reflexology is an effective treatment for any medical condition." There is no consensus among reflexologists on how reflexology is supposed to work; a unifying theme is the idea that areas on the foot correspond to areas of the body, and that by manipulating these one can improve health through one's qi. Reflexologists divide the body into ten equal vertical zones, five on the right and five on the left. Concerns have been raised by medical professionals that treating potentially serious illnesses with reflexology, which has no proven efficacy, could delay the seeking of appropriate medical treatment. Read more ...
Reflexology and Its Benefits Epoch Times - April 26, 2015
Reflexology is an ancient therapeutic pressure point technique based on the understanding that certain parts of the body, referred to as microsystems, reflect the whole. It involves applying alternating pressure with the hands to specific points on the feet, hands, ears, or face that can affect various organs and parts of the body. Reflexology balances the nervous system by stimulating these microsystems, such as the nerve endings of the feet. These nerve endings connect through the spinal nerves, and then on to their corresponding organs throughout the body. Reflexology also works with the circulatory system, breaking up congestion and deposits in the feet, which in turn helps to detoxify the body. It has been observed that reflexology can reduce stress and tension (a major contributing factor to many types of autoimmune diseases), enhance the body`s ability to naturally heal, and balance both body and spirit.
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