In practice Reflexology is quite akin to massaging, and in theory it is quite akin to acupressure. In fact many practitioners of massaging also practice Reflexology. Also called Zone therapy, it is the practice of stimulating points on the feet, hands, or ears (termed reflex zones), in the hopes that it will have a beneficial effect on some other parts of the body, or will improve general health.
According to American Academy of Reflexology, "Reflexology is a powerful natural health science that studies the relationship of the reflex areas in the feet, hands and the ears to the rest of the body so that these areas can be worked on with the fingers and thumbs in a manner that will lead to improved health and the maintenance of good health.” It is believed that there is a ‘vital energy’ that circulates in the body, which can get blocked, causing ailments. The reflex zones reflect the ailment in the form of pain, which is due to crystalline formation, which is broken down through massage, relieving pain and treating the ailment. Reflexology in its rudiments has been used in India, Egypt and China for the last 4000 years, although it was much later that a coherent theory developed. Reflexology is used widely for acute and chronic conditions, stress and sleep related disorders, sports injuries and as preventative therapy. Although skeptics doubt the efficacy of Reflexology and some call it a pseudo-science, it has been and is used by numerous followers around the world with benefit.
This section of the webdirectory links to various resources offering Reflexology treatment.