About Reflexology

Foot Reflexology Instructional Video

What is Foot Reflexology?

Foot Reflexology is a series of techniques working areas of the feet corresponding to parts of the body. This stimulation is believed to have a positive effect on a person's health. We know that Foot Reflexology is very relaxing, and periods of relaxation are very important in our lives.

We aren't sure how reflexology works. One theory is that Foot Reflexology unblocks energy flows which maintain our balance of health. There are over 7,000 nerve endings in the feet. These nerve endings have interconnections through the spinal cord and brain with all areas of the body. The stimulation of the nerve endings could be the reason it works. Reflexology is relaxing. When a person relaxes, the breathing and thinking slows, which helps to improve circulation, and allows the body to use more oxygen. If the body isn't relaxed, blood doesn't flow, organs are starved for oxygen, and endorphins (the body's painkillers) don't get where they're needed.

Whatever the reason, many people enjoy Foot Reflexology. It feels good!


A clinical study conducted by Oleson and Flocco at the California Graduate Institute reported findings that support the use of ear, hand and foot reflexology for the treatment of PMS. The study involved 35 women who complained of PMS symptoms. They were assigned to be treated by ear, hand, and foot reflexology or to receive placebo treatment. All women completed a daily diary, which tracked 38 symptoms on a 4 point scale. The women were monitored for symptoms and body vital signs for a period of 2 months before the study, the 2 months of the study and the 2 months after the study. A trained reflexologist provided sessions for both groups which lasted 30 minutes each and happened once a week for 2 months.


Bernie Siegel, MD, a Yale surgeon and author of the best selling book Love, Medicine and Miracles, calls reflexology "a total healing experience for the whole person".


Ralph Alan Dale, Ph.D, an acupuncturist, performed a study in the 70's using acupuncture measuring equipment to test reflexology's effectiveness. When he worked the reflexology points, Dale got the same results as if he were using acupuncture points. When he used areas that weren't reflexes, he did not get the same results.


Reflexology is not massage. It manipulates specific parts of the foot in a deliberate manner. It is not a substitute for medical care. Reflexologists do not diagnose illnesses. They do not claim to treat specific diseases. If a person is ill, she/he should see a medical practitioner.


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