There are many theories, but in our approach we look at the nervous system as the explanation of reflexology’s working. Pressure sensors in the feet and hands are a part of the body’s reflexive response that makes possible the “fight or flight” reaction to danger. Feet ready to flee and hands ready to fight communicate with the body’s internal organs to make possible with eventuality. The sudden adrenal surge that enables a person to lift a car is an example of this reaction. Reflexology taps into this reflex network, providing an exercise of pressure sensors and thus the internal organs to which they are inextricably tied.
Reflexology also works on three negative factors that can cause disease – inflammation, congestion and tension. By applying pressure and using specialized thumb, finger and hand techniques, sensory receptors in the nerves of the feet are stimulated. Stimulation of the nerve endings produce energy which is then distributed to the nervous system. This improves circulation and helps to release endorphins, also known as the body’s natural pain killer and stress reliever. Reflexology eases aches and pains, soothes and calms the whole body and helps with the overall better functioning of bodily systems.