Reflexology is often confused with massage and called foot massage but it is not massage and is a separate modality with ancient beginnings. Here in the U.S. Eunice Ingham is often called the Mother of Reflexology. She developed the Ingham Method of Reflexology, which is taught by certified Ingham instructors throughout the U.S. and other parts of the world. It is one technique. There are many others but some of the same techniques are used in each. Techniques such as thumb-walking, finger walking, hook and back up, and rotation on a reflex using alternating pressure are used on the various reflexes found predominantly on a clients feet, hands, or ears.
Reflexology is scientifically based, holistic, and non-invasive. It works on the premise that there are reflex areas, mapped on the feet, hands, and outer ears which correspond to all parts of the body.
The Obstetrics and Gynecology Journal accepted and published a PMS study about the effectiveness of reflexology in 1993. Since then there have been over 300 other studies done in the U.S. and around the world.
Reflexology is not a substitute for standard medical care but can be part of an integrated approach to maintaining or improving health, especially for some chronic conditions that are stress related.