Reflexology is an alternate form of therapy that involves the application of pressure to areas of the feet, hands, and ears. Reflexologists believe that these areas correspond to different parts of the body, such as organs.
The body is divided into 10 longitudinal zones—five on each side of the body.
Each organ or part of the body is represented on the hands and feet. The practitioner can diagnose abnormalities by feeling the hands or feet.
Massaging or pressing each area can stimulate the flow of energy, blood, nutrients, and nerve impulses to the corresponding body zone and thereby relieve ailments in that zone. – Reflexology: A Close Look
Although there is no evidence that pressure point therapy actually treats any medical condition, others swear by claims to its efficacy.
“The best evidence available to date does not demonstrate convincingly that reflexology is an effective treatment for any medical condition.” – NCBI
There are some studies from the National Cancer Institute and the National Institutes of Health that found reflexology may reduce pain and psychological symptoms, such as anxiety and depression, while enhancing relaxation and sleep.
With such a wide range in beliefs about the viability of reflexology, one is left to make up their own mind about it’s benefits. If it works for you, great! If you haven’t tried it yet, consider using these helpful photos to aid your attempts.