Reflexology: What is it?


Reflexology: What is it? Our guide !

Has anyone ever told you that your health is in your hands… or your feet? That’s the basic principle of reflexology! Follow our guide!

Definition of reflexology:

An alternative healing technique, reflexology is based on the principle that our hands and feet contain zones corresponding to organs, glands and other parts of the body.

History of Reflexology

The origins of reflexology date back to ancient civilisations, notably Egypt, where illustrations in tombs dating from 2330 BC describe the practice. Ancient Chinese and Indian cultures also recognised the therapeutic benefits of rubbing specific areas of the foot. Over the centuries, the practice evolved and integrated with other therapeutic traditions. In the twentieth century, it gained popularity in the West thanks to pioneers such as Eunice Ingham, who mapped reflex points on the feet for the whole body. Today, reflexology is a respected alternative therapy, combining its rich history with contemporary approaches to well-being.

Core Principles

Every part, gland and organ of our body is represented in our feet and hands. By stimulating these areas, reflexology aims to promote health.

How Reflexology Works

Think of it as a map on your feet. But how does pressure on one part of your foot affect your liver, for example?

The Foot Map

Like a road map, your feet have different ‘zones’ linked to different parts of your body. We say that the left foot corresponds to the left side of the body and the right foot to the right side.

Benefits of Reflexology

From reducing anxiety and stress to relieving migraines, reflexology offers a multitude of benefits. Do you remember the last time you had a good foot massage? Imagine it, only stronger.


Techniques in Reflexology

Reflexology is more than just a foot massage. Reflexologists use specific techniques.

Thumb Walking

A foundational move, this involves the therapist using the thumb to ‘walk’ over different foot zones.

Hook and Backup

Used to treat specific points on the feet or hands, the reflexologist “hooks” his or her fingers or thumbs into an area and applies pressure.

Rotating on a Point

A technique often employed for relieving tension or pain, where the reflexologist will rotate their thumb or finger over a specific point.

Reflexology vs. Massage

Although both techniques are therapeutic, reflexology targets specific points to treat problems, while massage focuses on muscle relaxation.

How Reflexology Works and What It Can Treat
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The Scientific Backing

Is it just pseudoscience? Let’s see what the research says.

Criticisms and Skepticism

Some scientists and doctors claim that the results could be due to the placebo effect or to the relaxation inherent in foot massages.

Finding a Reflexologist

Always ensure they’re certified! And remember, it’s crucial to communicate and ensure you’re comfortable during the session.

So, do I go for reflexology?

Reflexology is a world where ancient traditions are still present. Even if the scientific jury is still out, thousands of people swear by its benefits. The next time your feet ache, it may not be a simple case of tiredness, but a sign from your body!

And we can’t stress this enough: you should ALWAYS consult a qualified doctor before making any decisions.


  1. How often should one get reflexology? Typically, once a week for 6-8 weeks, followed by maintenance sessions.
  2. Does reflexology hurt? It shouldn’t. If you feel pain, inform your therapist immediately.
  3. Can pregnant women undergo reflexology? It’s controversial, so always consult with a healthcare professional first.
  4. How long does a session typically last? Generally, between 30 minutes to an hour.
  5. Is reflexology just for the feet? No, there’s also hand and ear reflexology!

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