What Is Reflexology?

Reflexology works points on the feet that are a reflection of the body. The feet are reflected images of the body, with the head at the toes, and the rest of the body following down the foot. If you imagine a body superimposed over the soles of the feet, you can begin to understand the basis of reflexology.

A reflexologist works with this concept, visualizing the areas that relate to the body as they are found on the feet. (In this book, we are limiting the discussion of reflexology to the feet; however, keep in mind that the hands are an important medium as well.)

The process is a systematic application of pressure using the thumbs and fingers. The technique is specific — certain thumb and finger movements are used to access the reflex points. The reflex points represent areas of the body, as well as organs and glands. The reflexing of these areas creates an overall feeling of euphoric relaxation.

Reflexologists work from the toes to the heels via a slow, gentle progression, reflexing the soles, the sides, and the tops of the feet. They also work points on the lower leg. As these areas are worked, the receiver begins to relax, experiencing the stress-relieving effects immediately.

Often the recipient will feel a great sense of well-being flowing through the body. Perhaps the receiver has indicated a certain area of the body that is holding tension. The reflexologist will work both feet, returning to the areas mentioned by the recipient, and reflex yet again.


Reflexology is found in most eras. In every class of people, in medical practice to home remedy, reflexology has held a place of import. Practitioners of reflexology feel this is a unique form of work that can help anyone and can never cause harm if done correctly. Historically, this belief is constant.

This modality creates a safe, trouble-free environment in which the receiver can release stress, finding total relaxation. Reflexology begins to teach the recipient the importance of letting go and provides the tool with which to accomplish this level of relaxation.

A full session improves circulation, creating a sense of warmth and often restoring some sensation. The process involved with this holistic method allows for an elimination of toxins from the body, as well as restoring peace of mind and a deep sense of wholeness.

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