Reflexology is a type of massage that involves applying pressure to areas on the feet , hands or ears. The theory behind reflexology is that areas of the foot, hand and ears correspond to organs and systems of the body. Applying pressure is believed to bring relaxation and healing to the corresponding area of the body.
Reflexologists use foot charts to guide them as they apply pressure to specific areas. Reflexology is sometimes combined with other hands-on therapies and may be offered by chiropractors and physical therapists, among others.
According to the Mayo Clinic, several studies indicate that reflexology may reduce pain and psychological symptoms, such as stress and anxiety, and enhance relaxation and sleep.