There are a number of theories about how reflexology works. These are based upon different concepts including reflex areas, nerves, energy and meridians – however, no-one knows exactly how or why reflexology works, at the present.
According to Reflexology specific areas on the feet and hands correspond to all organs, glands and parts of the body. This belief is based upon Euice Ingham’s work in the 1900s, in which she correlated her observations between numerous medical conditions and various sensations in the feet, which led her to map the organs of the body to specific points on the feet. Therefore, by massaging the feet, it is believed that all parts of the body can be “treated”.
Application of pressure to reflex areas on the feet and hands sends a calming message from the peripheral nerves in these extremities to the central nervous system, which in turn signals the body to adjust the tension level. This enhances overall relaxation, brings internal organs and their systems into a state of optimum functioning, and increases blood supply (which brings additional oxygen and nutrients to cells and enhances waste removal). It positively affects all body systems such as the musculo-skeletal, circulatory, respiratory, digestive, endocrine, immune and nervous system in the body.
Reflexology produces a variety of physical changes in the body; it enhances relaxation, improve circulation and assist in the removal of waste products from the body.
Reflexology is not intended to be a substitute for medical care.