Reflexology, or zone therapy, is an alternative medicine or holistic approach
Of involving the physical act of applying pressure to the feet, hands, or ears with specific thumb, finger, and hand techniques without the use of oil or lotion. It is based on what reflexologists claim to be a system of zones and reflex areas that they say reflect an image of the body on the feet and hands, with the premise that such work affects a physical change to the body.
Reflexology is the science or method of stimulating reflexes of the foot, hand or ear that correspond to each gland, organ, and part of the body. Stimulation of these reflexes serves to relax and normalize all functions of the body in order to promote a natural balance and revitalization. In ancient times, walking barefoot over rocks and hard ground naturally stimulated these reflexes every day.
By applying pressure on specific areas of the feet or hands, a reflexologist can stimulate corresponding organs or glands. For instance, the pressure is applied to the big toe to affect the pituitary gland and the four other toes are stimulated to affect the brain, sinuses, eyes, and ears. Because internal organs like the lungs and the kidneys can not be directly massaged, reflexologists believe that the feet, hands, and ears are an appropriate alternative and a form of holistic medicine.