Areas on the feet correspond to all of the different organs and systems of the body. By properly reflexing these points, a reflexologist can remove blockages and congestion in the nerve endings that correspond with particular areas of the body.
Reflexology is a compression/release technique that when done correctly, induces an extreme relaxation response. It's based on the premise that there are corresponding nerve endings in 10 energy zones of the body, running from the head to the feet. The zones correspond to all of the glands, organs and systems of the body.
Reflexology normalizes the body's functions, helps to break down tension, alleviate stress, anxiety,pain, including headaches and improves nerve function and blood supply throughout the body. Reflexology can be done on the hands. But for maximum benefit, it is applied to "the very roots of our being" - that is, the feet. Using the thumb, finger and hand, practitioners apply specific pressure to the minute reflex points. When the body has been damaged by illness, injury, disease or stress, it will attempt to regain its natural equilibrium. You don't have to believe in reflexology for it to do you some good. It's a physical and neurological response.
Any form of sensory signal alters the tone or tension level in the body. The entire body participates and acts in unison, in response to deep pressure information from the bottoms of the feet. Each foot has more than 7,000 nerve endings, 26 bones, 107 ligaments and 19 muscles. By manipulating the section of the foot that corresponds to other areas of the body, positive changes are made in the digestive, reproductive, respiratory, circulatory, muscular, lymphatic, endocrine, skeletal and urinary systems.
Constipation, stomach problems, migraine headaches and menopause symptoms can also be diminished through reflexology. Keeping the system cleansed and balanced using reflexology, will reduce sickness and stress. The best aspect of reflexology is its non-invasiveness. There are no needles, no drugs, and you don't strip down to your skivvies. You remove nothing more than your footwear.