Reflexology is defined as a protocol of manual techniques, such as thumb- and finger-walking, hook and backup and rotating-on-a-point, applied to specific reflex areas predominantly on the feet and hands. These techniques stimulate the complex neural pathways linking body systems, supporting the body’s efforts to function optimally.
The effectiveness of reflexology is recognized worldwide by various national health institutions and the public at large as a distinct complementary practice within the holistic health field.
People often seek out Reflexology when they are experiencing a challenging health situation. A traditional reflexologist works the entire foot keeping in mind -the symptom, assessing the reflexes corresponding to the stressed organs and glands. The reflexologist doesn't assume the corresponding reflex is always an issue. A headache may be from a strained neck, a tooth problem, or stress in general. This would show up in the feet in different places other than just the big toe (head, brain reflex), and because Reflexology takes the whole body into account and works holistically relief can occur working multiple different reflexes.
Reflexologist believe the whole body is reflected on the feet. What does this mean? The whole body is mapped out on our feet!
Reflexologist are trained learning a series of techniques that coincide with each system of the body. Reflexes cover our Central Nervous system, Endocrine system, Digestive system, Lymphatic system, Urinary track system, Muscular Skeletal system, and also head and neck reflexes.
You can see why this is different than going for a massage appointment. Both work the soft tissue of the body, but Reflexology primary way of healing is working the reflexes that corresponds with the specific organ or gland within the system that is troubling.