So much more than a foot massage...
Reflexology is a gentle, non-invasive therapy that encourages the body to balance and heal itself. It is based on the theory that the body can be divided into different zones and that imbalances in one area can be addressed through working on another part of the zone.
During the treatment finger or thumb pressure is applied to specific points or "reflexes", which reflect or mirror the organs and structure of the body as well as emotional health.
Hands and feet in particular are "mini-maps" of the body that can be used to encourage the bodies natural healing abilities.
Benefits are said to include relaxation, release tension (both physical and emotional), bring about a sense of well-being and balance, enhancing sleep and provide effective pain relief - the treatment has been found to lower levels of cortisol and enhance production of endorphins.