Reflexology is a hand and finger technique involving pressure to specific points on the body. It is an ancient art originating from Chinese and Eastern traditions. It is a complementary therapy based on the theory that different points, or reflexes of the feet, hands and head, correspond with different areas of the body with the promise that such work affects a physical change. Reflexology is much more than a foot massage, it stimulates the natural healing mechanisms your body possesses in a pleasant, noninvasive way. It is a combination of acupressure, energy work and massage. It has an ability to stimulate nerve function, increase energy, boost circulation, induce a deep state of relaxation, eliminate toxins, stimulate the central nervous system, prevent migraines and treat urinary tract conditions. The Chinese believe that reflexology stimulates the body into healing and aiding it to restore natural healing.
Reflexology is a unique therapy and many people assume that all reflexology is simply a foot massage. Reflexology is performed only on the reflex points located on the feet, hands and outer ears. Currently only 4 states (New Hampshire, North Dakota, Tennessee and Washington) have their own law for reflexologists, so in many other areas anyone can claim to be a reflexologist when they have never trained or certified in this profession. A certified reflexologist must have completed unique training of 200 to 300 hours, which includes classroom instruction, Anatomy and Physiology as well as learning specific techniques for the hands and feet. Therapists can seek to be certified with American Reflexology Certification Board.