Reflexology, also called zone therapy, is based on the notion that each body part is represented on the hands and feet and that pressing on specific areas on the hands or feet can have therapeutic effects in other parts of the body. Most proponents claim:
- The body is divided into 10 longitudinal zones—five on each side of the body.
- Each organ or part of the body is represented on the hands and feet;
- The practitioner can diagnose abnormalities by feeling the hands or feet
- Massaging or pressing each area can stimulate the flow of energy, blood, nutrients, and nerve impulses to the corresponding body zone and thereby relieve ailments in that zone.