Reflexology is a gentle art, a fascinating science and an extremely effective form of therapeutic foot massage that has carved an impressive niche in the field of complementary medicine.
Reflexology is a holistic healing technique where the therapist works not specifically on a problem but the whole body to attain the state of balance/homeostasis.This must not be confused with basic foot massage or body massage in general. It is a specific pressure technique which works on precise reflex points on the feet, based on the fact that reflex areas on the feet correspond with all body parts. Feet are a sort of switchboards, with different switches connected to various organs of the body.
Due to excess acid condition in our blood stream, frost-like acid crystals are formed at the nerve endings in the feet. These crystals obstruct the normal blood circulation to the related organ. Pressure massage over the certain areas(called reflexes) on feet, breaks and loosens, as well as clears these crystals, thereby restoring the normal blood circulation to the organs involved. The dislodged crystals are carried away by the blood gradually and the acid is thrown out of the body through kidneys. Pain is felt at reflexes on feet during the treatment due to crystals getting crushed.
Identical reflexes, as on the feet, are located on the hands also.
The goal of reflexology is to reduce tension and induce relaxation. Relaxation is the first step to normalization.