Reflexology is the ancient art of treating the whole body by applying an acupressure massage usually to the feet. In general terms the benefits of reflexology have to do with the reduction of stress. Because the feet and hands help set the tension level for the rest of the body this is an immediate way to interrupt the stress signal. The feet hold a map of the whole body and research shows the influence on specific organs and glands.
In the United Kingdom, reflexology is now regulated on a voluntary basis by the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC). Registrants must have full public and professional liability insurance and additional annual courses are a condition of re-registration.