Reflexology is an Oriental healing technique that balances the internal organs by stimulating acupressure points on the feet.
Practitioners of reflexology believe that various areas of the feet energetically connected with the various internal organs of the body. The area of the big toe, for instance, which goes down to the heel of the foot on the inner aspect of the foot is associated with the spine.
By stimulating this area of the foot with self-massage, tension and pain in the spine, neck, and shoulders can be loosened and relieved.
Try this simple exercise.
Observe where there is tension or where there is relaxed tissue in the neck by rolling your neck from side to side.
Then, for 3 minutes, massage the base of your big toe also rotating it as if giving your neck a massage. Do the same procedure on the big toe of the opposite foot.
Now rotate roll your neck from side to side. What did you observe?
People tend to feel a relaxation and relief of ache in the neck relaxing after the area of the feet have been manipulated.
Some reflexologists use a type of massage that targets the acupressure areas of the feet. The energetic healing are of qi emission enables energy to flow from the therapist to the client.
While this is a procedure mainly performed without massage and off-the-body, it is deeper than conventional reflexology as it also stimulates the energy meridians that exist in the feet that are connected with the internal organs. It is quite useful for imbalances affecting the nervous system.
This type of method can be of tremendous benefit for people undergoing chemotherapy or those suffering from diabetic neuropathy (e.g. tingling or numb feet).