Reflexology is a form of ‘alternative’ or ‘complementary’ medicine which involves massaging the feet or hands. Reflexologists believe that all organs, systems and glands of the body can be mapped onto areas of the feet called reflex points, with the left foot matching the left side of the body, and the right foot matching the right side of the body. Most commonly, the feet are used as the areas to be treated.
Different touches and different ways of massaging the points on the feet may be used throughout the treatment. Being ticklish is not a problem as the pressure is firm but gentle. Most patients find this deeply relaxing.
The whole body may be worked in this way, and reflexology aims to treat the whole body, mind and spirit, rather than isolated symptoms. For instance, if you are suffering from stress, your body may be affected as well as your mind. Similarly, a physical illness can be emotionally draining. By a careful and systematic coverage of the whole foot or hand, the reflexologist aims to rebalance the body, and treat the whole of your being.