Reflexology is the practice of applying pressure to the feet utilizing specific thumb, finger and hand techniques without the use of oil, cream or lotion based on a system of zones and reflex areas that reflect an image of the body on the feet with a premise that such work effects a physical change in the body.
Research has shown the specific techniques of reflexology to be effective and beneficial in many ways. A survey of 170 reflexology studies from 21 countries shows that reflexology is effective, impacting a variety of physical and psychological concerns.
- Creates relaxation.
- Reduces pain.
- Ameliorates health concerns.
- Improves blood flow.
- Aids post-operative recovery.
- Impact on physiological measures (e. g. blood pressure and cholesterol; measurements by ECG, EEG, and MRI)
- Enhances medical care: Reflexology helps where nothing else can for many: phantom limb pain sufferers, neuropathy patients, and haemodialysis patients to name a few.
- Benefits mental health: Research demonstrates that reflexology can reduce depression and anxiety.
- Complements cancer care.
- Eases pregnancy, delivery and post-partum effects.