Reflexology is a branch of Chinese medicine. It is based on the principle that there are reflexes on the ear, hand, and feet, which correspond to every part of the body. Reflexology involves the stimulation of specific reflex points on the ear, hand, and feet to regulate the flow of qi in specific organ of the body, thus, restoring the balance of yin and yang and maintaining well being.
Reflexology was introduced into the United States in 1913 by William H. Fitzgerald, M.D. (1872-1942), who called it “zone therapy.” Today reflexology clinics can be found all around the world. Reflexology has been used to treat a full range of conditions including back pain, sports injuries, migraines, arthritis, infertility, digestive disorders, hormonal imbalances, and sleep disorders, as well as to maintain and improve well-being. It is particularly helpful for stress-related conditions.
A reflexology treatment typically lasts for about an hour. Practitioners use their hands, especially the thumbs, to apply pressure to the specific point on the ear, hand, and feet of the patients.