When I tell people that I am a Reflexologist they smile and say “Great!” “What exactly is that?” Reflexology has been around before the time of Christ. However, it didn’t make headway in the US until the 1930’s. A lot has been learned since then.
This is how I describe Reflexology. First, there is a map of your body on your feet and hands. These areas are called Reflex areas or points, but it isn’t like a true reflex, like someone tapping your knee to make it jump. There are reflex areas for literally your entire body; organs, glands, bones, joints digestion, everything. Reflexology isn’t just the feet and hands. I work the lower leg and forearm too. So when working on someone’s feet or hands Reflexology is benefiting your body too. It is important to know that as a Reflexologist I do not diagnose, treat or prescribe. I feel though that Reflexology is an important wellness tool. It provides relaxation, which I personally feel is the beginning to allow your body to help itself. I can tell you I have had some positive feedback, such as a Type 1 Diabetic telling me their blood sugars were more constant during the week they received reflexology.
Below are a couple of definitions from some educators in the field:
“Reflexology is an art and science that deals with the principle that there are reflex areas in the hand, feet and ears that correspond to all the internal organs, muscles, glands and all parts of the body.” -Dwight Byers
“Reflexology is the physical act of applying pressure to the feet with specific thumb, finger and hand techniques without the use of oil or lotion based on a system of zones and areas that reflect an image of the body on the feet, with a premise that such work effects a physical change in the body.” -Kevin and Barbara Kunz