a person with a bottle on their foot on a bed
Foot massage preparation.

The Basics of Reflexology: A Guide to Foot Map and Techniques

Reflexology is an ancient form of massage therapy that applies pressure to specific points on the feet, hands, and ears. These points are believed to correspond to different organs and systems in the body, and stimulating them can help to promote relaxation, reduce pain, and improve overall health.

A reflexology feet chart

What is the theory behind reflexology?

The feet are a microcosm of the body: When pressure is applied to these reflex zones, it is thought to send a signal to the corresponding organ or system, which can help to improve its function & return the body to homeostasis.

What are the benefits of reflexology?

There are many potential benefits to reflexology, including:

  • Relaxation and stress relief
  • Fertility & hormone balance
  • Pain relief
  • Improved sleep
  • Reduced anxiety and depression
  • Boosted immune system function
  • Improved circulation
  • Detoxification
  • Improved digestion

Who can benefit from reflexology?

Reflexology is generally safe for most people. However, it is not recommended for pregnant women in the first trimester, people with diabetes, or people with certain types of foot conditions. If you have any concerns about whether reflexology is right for you, it is always best to talk to your doctor or therapist first.

What to expect during a reflexology session

A typical reflexology session will last for about 45 to 60 minutes. During the session, you will lie or sit comfortably while the reflexologist applies pressure to your feet, hands, or ears. The pressure should be firm but not painful. You may feel some tenderness or discomfort in certain areas, which is often seen as a sign that the corresponding organ or system is out of balance.


Reflexology is a simple and effective way to improve your health and well-being. If you are looking for a natural way to relieve stress, pain, or aid other health problems, I encourage you to give it a try.

I hope this blog post has given you a basic understanding of reflexology. If you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment below or email me at fiona@mulhall.me or phone 0789 1655134

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I would also like to add that reflexology is not a substitute for medical care. If you have any serious health concerns, please be sure to see a doctor.

Thank you for reading!

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