Reflexology is well established and respected in the field of complementary medicine. It is being increasingly used alongside treatments in conventional medicine.
A form of bodywork that focuses primarily on the feet, reflexology can also be practiced on the hands, face and ears. It is based on the theory that there are reflex points on these areas that are connected to every part of the body, including glands and internal organs.
The thumb and fingers are used to apply pressure and to massage these reflex points in a very specific way to affect the organs in question, which in turn kick starts the body’s own healing response.
Reflexology may help to alleviate many conditions. People who have regular treatments report benefits such as:
• Fewer tension headaches
• Relief from sinus conditions
• Pain relief
• Relaxation and reduced anxiety
• Improved sleeping patterns
• Relief from constipation and heartburn
• Improved skin conditions, including eczema