Reflexology is a nervous system technique and is based on the premise that every part of the body, inside and out, has a spot on the feet, hands and ears. With a specific thumb and finger pressure technique, the goal of reflexology is to trigger the return to homeostasis (a state of equilibrium/balance).
By using precise reflex points to reach organs, glands, muscles, and other parts of the body, thousands of nerves are stimulated. This stimulation encourages the opening and clearing of neural pathways, benefiting circulation. Physiological changes take place as the body’s own healing potential is stimulated.
Dr. Jesus Manzanares* Definition of Reflexology:
“Reflexology can be defined as a reflex technique, based on the neurobiochemical action that is produced by stimulating a specific area of the foot and that has a general or partial repercussion in the organism (body). This is possible because there is an exact representation in the foot of the human body where every organ is reflected in a specific area. This definition has considered the autonomic structures and mechanisms that cause the beginning of the stimulus – a reflex arc. The reflex arc is the neural pathway that mediates a reflex action. It involves receptors, sensory nerves, spinal cord, reticular formation, thalamus, hypothalamus, cerebral cortex, spinal reticulum and fasciculi and the autonomic nervous system.”
*Medical doctor and renowned researcher in the science of reflexology.