Specific pressure is applied to points or areas on the feet (hands and ears) that correspond to every organ, gland and system in the body, to help normalize function, thereby producing a state of homeostasis. The benefits of reflexology most commonly include: relaxation, improved circulation, and the facilitation of detoxification. Reflexology is based on zone theory, which states there are ten energy zones that run the length of the bogy. Because each zone or part of the body has a corresponding reflex point on the feet, stimulating that reflex point causes stimulation in the natural energy of the related organ. Crystalline-type deposits and/or tenderness may indicate a dysfunction, and pressure is applied to restore normal functioning and health.
Research studies in the U.S. and around the world indicate positive benefits of reflexology for various conditions. In particular, there are several well-designed studies, funded by the National Cancer Institute and the National Institutes of Health, that indicate reflexology’s promise as an intervention to reduce pain and enhance relaxation, sleep, and the reduction of psychological symptoms, such as anxiety and depression.