The ancient Chinese practice of reflexology is a manual therapy focusing on the feet. It has recently enjoyed a surge in popularity as a modern holistic therapy to relieve pain and stress.
Different areas on your feet and hands correspond to other parts of your body, and massaging them stimulates your parasympathetic nervous system to heal itself.
For 3,000 years Chinese practitioners have used reflexology to re-balance Qi (the life force flowing through energy channels) to treat a number of conditions. It can work alongside conventional Western medicine to promote healing and improve wellbeing and vitality.
Reflexology is based on the Chinese principle that certain areas on the soles of your feet or hands – known as reflex zones – containing millions of nerve endings, correspond to other parts of the body.
Reflexology stimulates the body into healing itself by improving circulation, reducing stress, pain and restoring natural balance.
Reflexology works on a similar principle to acupuncture where the body is divided into 12 pairs of energy zones (Meridians) its main aim is to dissolve any blockages causing ill-health by encouraging the free flow of vital energy through the body.
It is believed that reflexology may be beneficial with: