About Reflexology

 Reflexology is the application of pressure to areas on the feet,  hands and ears. Reflexology is generally relaxing and may be an  effective way to alleviate stress. The theory behind reflexology is that these areas correspond to  organs and systems of the body. Proponents believe that pressure applied  to these areas affects the organs and benefits the person's health.

Reflexologists use foot charts to guide them as they apply pressure  to specific areas. Sometimes these practitioners use items, such as  rubber balls, rubber bands and sticks of wood, to assist in their work.  Practitioners of reflexology include chiropractors, physical therapists  and massage therapists, among others. 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.