Reflexology is one of the oldest modalities of massage therapy. It consists of application of pressure to various points and areas on the feet (also hands and ears). The theory is that reflexology affects all organs and systems of the body, from the stomach to the kidneys, and the musculoskeletal to the endocrine system. Reflexology uses a roadmap of the feet, in which certain areas of the feet correspond to organs, glands and areas of the body. It is an extremely relaxing experience, as we use and are on our feet constantly, but rarely do we give them any attention. It is also one of the only modalities where I will fall asleep during a session.
There are health benefits to reflexology as well. According to the Mayo Clinic, “Several studies funded by the National Cancer Institute and the National Institutes of Health indicate that reflexology may reduce pain and psychological symptoms, such as anxiety and depression, and enhance relaxation and sleep. Studies also show that reflexology may have benefits in palliative care of people with cancer.”