Last updated: June 21, 2018

What Does Reflexology Mean?

Reflexology is a method of physical therapy that uses touch to stimulate nerve endings or reflex points in the body to reduce stress. These reflex points, also called pressure points, are concentrated in the hands, feet, and ears. Each point is believed to control or trigger responses in a section of the body. A reflexologist will apply firm pressure to a specific point or set of points in one of these extremities to stimulate a corresponding part of the body defined by a reflex map.


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The main premise of reflexology is that when pressure is applied to certain zones or reflex areas in the body, it stimulates changes throughout the body, particularly the nervous system. While similar to the meridian system used in Chinese acupuncture, reflexologists refer to the areas of the body as reflex zones. Different methods of reflexology exist. Sometimes, foot massage for non-therapeutic purposes is referred to as foot reflexology and may combine elements of traditional reflexology with modern massage. As with massage, a reflexology session may be effective for reducing stressor encouraging relaxation.


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