>Reflexology is relaxation for the body and mind. The strategy is to place finger pressure on the hands or feet. This can reduce stress-related health problems.
And rubbing your feet at the end of a long day can help you to relax.
Reflexologists see the feet and hands as a mirror of the body. Certain areas of each foot and hand are linked to all body parts.
The right foot corresponds to the right side of the body, and the left foot to the left side of the body.
In theory, the big toe relates to the head, including the brain; the sole of the foot relates to all parts of the body, including the organs and glands. The heel area relates to the pelvic area, including the bladder, reproductive organs and sciatic nerve.
By working the appropriate areas of the feet and hands, practitioners say that you can stimulate a reflex response that affects the corresponding areas of the body.
Studies have shown that reflexology is an effective treatment to reduce stress, therefore learning about it or finding a good practitioner can help with reducing stress in your life.
Taken in part from: Loecher, S & O’Donnell, S. (1998) Women’s Choices in Natural Healing: Drug- Free Remedies from the world of Alternative Medicine.