Reflexology functions in two ways: as a diagnostic tool and as a method of treatment. A reflexology treatment can be used for the correction and prevention of ill health.
Reflexology is the physical act of applying pressure to the feet and hand with specific thumb, finger and hand techniques. It is based on a system of zones and reflex areas that reflect an image of the body on the feet and hands with a premise that such work effects a physical change to the body. By using the thumb and fingers in a particular way to massage the relevant reflex points, pain and other symptoms in the corresponding area of the body can be alleviated.
The History of Reflexology. Around the world and throughout history reflexology has been rediscovered and reinstated as a health practice time and time again by people around the globe seeking to deal with health concerns. Archeological evidence Egypt (2330 BCE), China (2704 BCE) and Japan (690 CE) points to ancient reflexology medical systems. In the West the concept of reflexology began to emerge in the 19th century, based on research into the nervous system and reflex. While no direct evidence of direct cross-fertilization from ancient times has been discovered, the practice of foot and hand work in a variety of cultures, belief systems and historical periods speaks to reflexology for health as a universal bridging concept.