Reflexology is based on the idea of alleviating physical conditions of the body by massaging the hands and feet. While its medical efficacy is dependably and endlessly debatable, what isn’t debatable is how darn amazing reflexology feels. And perhaps therein lies the key to its alleged curative powers.
The efforts of reflexologists are aligned to the consideration that massaging specific areas of the feet or hands can help cure disease or relieve pain in other parts of the body.
There is no scientific proof that different sections of the hands and feet correspond to particular body parts, but there is also no proof that it won’t help. Moreover, reflexology is not expensive. An hour of reflexology is probably cheaper than a single pill of some pharmaceuticals with unspeakable side effect like blindness or worse. In contrast, reflexology simply cannot do you any harm. So in fact, you have nothing to lose by trying it.
To relieve pain or heal disease, reflexologists address specific areas of the feet that are thought to correspond to the body part in distress.
When reflexology is being refuted, the usual criticism pathway is to discount its core theory: that the human body is overset by an energy field. Reflexology calls this energy field "Qi" and traditional practitioners assume they are manipulating the person’s Qi or life energy through reflexology techniques to restore its balance and harmonious state.
Detractors are quick to point out that the theory has no scientific basis. But then again, the whole subject of Qi is only a theory. The concrete benefits that reflexology have produced for thousands of people across the centuries are not so easily refuted. In fact, while theories can always be refuted, positive results cannot be refuted at all. There is always a chance that the practice works for a different reason that the one stated. It is also possible that “science” which admittedly knows little to nothing about “life force” is today as much in the dark as ancient healers.
In any case, the right thing to do is try it and see if it helps. For sure it will help sore, achy feet, and for sure it will bring about a sense of relaxation. If you are a person who stands a lot or works on their feet, a session of reflexology could be a godsend.
No matter what, reflexology is most likely to do you some good. If you like it, the thing to do next is bump it up to a weekly session. The benefits of any kind of massage are normally multiplied that way. The more you get, the better and more peaceful you feel, the healthier you become.