Reflexology is an aid to healing, which was and is now, evident in many cultures as part of traditional medicine practices. It was used in many ancient civilisations including those of Egypt, Greece, India, China and Japan. It also formed part of the healing tradition of American Indians, notably those of the Cherokee Nation.
The word reflex as used in reflexology means to reflect. Reflexology works by utilising the reflexes in the feet that correspond to all parts of the body. By stimulating all the surfaces of the foot, using varying degrees of pressure and different types of massage and touch, all the systems and organs of the body can be treated.
The main benefit of reflexology is the release of stress and tension held in the body, enabling the body to return to homeostasis or balance. Treatments are profoundly relaxing and promote increased physical and emotional well being.