The soles of our feet have more nerve endings than almost any other part of the body. As we constantly step on them, these nerve endings supply valuable environmental information to our brain, adjusting the way we walk to protect bones and joints.
Reflexology is a therapeutic method of relieving pain anywhere in the body by stimulating pressure points on the feet. The neurological theory behind reflexology states that reflex areas in the feet correspond to all the glands, organs and musculoskeletal systems in the human body. From maps of predefined pressure points, therapists work on reflex zones in the feet using their thumbs and fingers to exert controlled pressure on the foot.
Pressure points are reputed to connect directly through the nervous system and affect the bodily organs and glands. The therapist manipulates the pressure points according to specific techniques of reflexology. By means of this touching therapy, any part of the body that is the source of pain, illness, or potential debility can be strengthened through the application of pressure at the respective foot location.
Reflexology works similar to acupuncture which incites one single point whereas reflexology affects the surrounding skin and underlying structures by pressure point massage. A treatment achieves improved blood circulation, increases stamina, improves the balance between body and soul, and can simply promote relaxation.
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