Reflexology, which has its roots in ancient Egypt, according to cave paintings, works on the principle that every organ and system of the body has a corresponding point or zone in the feet. When placing both feet together the map of the body is reflected in the feet, they are miniature maps of the body. For example, the spot in the centre of the big toe corresponds to the pituitary gland, and on the ball of the foot underneath the big toe there is a point that corresponds to the thyroid and parathyroid glands.
How does it work?
By applying pressure to certain areas the reflexologist stimulates thousands of nerve endings in the feet giving the organs, glands, skeletal and muscular systems an internal massage. This stimulation helps to relieve pain, rebalance and strengthen the immune system, encouraging the body to heal itself. A reflexology practitioner uses pressure to massage each of the points in the toes, feet and ankles to release tension, remove energy blockages, disperse accumulations of calcium and uric acid, stimulate blood circulation and promote healing of both body and mind.
What is it good for?
Reflexology can be used to treat a wide range of disorders including skin and respiratory conditions, digestive disorders, migraine, PMS and menopausal problems, chronic fatigue, stress, depression and anxiety.