Reflexology (zone therapy) is an alternative medicine method by using the physical act of applying pressure to the feet and hand with specific thumb, finger and hand techniques without the use of oil or lotion.
It is based on a system of zones and reflex areas that reflect an image of the body on the feet and hands with a premise that such work effects a physical change to the body. In a reflexology chart the body is reflected on the feet or hands. It serves a s a map for technique application to target health goals.
Left foot or hand reflects the left side of the body and the right foot or hand the right side. The spine reflex area runs down the insides of the feet and hands with reflex areas for the arm and shoulder reflected toward the outside of the foot or hand. The toes and fingers mirror the head and neck as well as the parts of the body they encase. The ball of the foot mirrors the chest and upper back in addition the heart and lungs.
Halfway down the foot at the base of the long bones of the foot is represented the waistline of the body and the parts of the body above the waistline are mirrored above this line and those
below are represented below it.
Internal organs lying above the body's waistline are
reflected by reflex areas above this line while those below the waistline are mirrored below