To begin with, reflexology is an alternative medicine therapy that is used to treat a wide range of conditions. In this regard, it is similar to practices like acupuncture or reiki insofar as it has very many adherents in Asia and the West, but it falls outside the scope of mainstream medicine. Another aspect of the practice that is common with other types of alternative or complementary therapy is that it is connected to a concept of inner life force. What a reflexologist is essentially doing during a treatment is manipulating this life force in the patient through a massage technique. Also known as zone therapy, the concept relies on the notion that the inner life force of people can be altered by massaging an area that corresponds to a part of the body. So, someone with a neck ache, for example, would not be massaged on their neck but elsewhere on their body – in other words, the corresponding reflex zone to the neck. Sometimes, multiple corresponding reflex zones can be massaged by a qualified reflexologist, but the practice is probably best-known for those that lie on the feet.
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