Reflexology is the application of appropriate pressure to specific points and areas on the feet and hands. Reflexologists believe that these areas and reflex points correspond to different body organs and systems. By applying pressure on these specific points there is a beneficial effect on the organs and person's general health by improving blood supply and activating nerves. Stimulating these reflexes properly can help many health problems in the natural way as a type of preventative maintenance.
The underlying theory behind reflexology is that there are areas on the feet and hands that correspond to specific organs, glands and other parts of the body. Reflex pressure sends signals that balance the nervous system or release chemicals such as endorphins that reduce pain and stress. Therefore it promotes relaxation, improves circulation, reduces pain, soothes tired feet, and encourages overall healing.
Reflexology is a highly individual treatment tailored to each person, taking into account both physical and non-physical factors that might be affecting wellbeing as a whole. Several studies funded by the National Cancer Institute and the National Institutes of Health indicate that reflexology may reduce pain and psychological symptoms, such as anxiety and depression, and enhance relaxation and sleep. Studies also show that reflexology may have benefits in palliative care of people with cancer.