Reflexology is generally used as a relaxing way to alleviate stress. It consists of applying pressure to specific points on the hands, feet and/or ears. The theory behind reflexology is that there are ‘reflexes’ in these areas that correspond to specific organs and other systems of the body.
By focusing on reflex maps of points in the hands, feet or ears and applying movement techniques with a thumb or finger, therapists can affect the organs, create a response throughout the body and benefit health. Rubber balls, rubber bands and wood sticks are sometimes used by massage therapists to assist in applying pressure.
Although reflexology is not used to diagnose or cure health problems, it can be used alongside other treatments in conditions such as anxiety, asthma, cancer treatment, diabetes, headaches and kidney function.