With a history dating back thousands of years, the theory is that the human body is on the hands and feet. Scientific proof that the hands are connected to the brain can be found in Discover Magazine, June 1993 issue.
By definition, a reflex is an involuntary response to a stimulus.
Reflexology is massaging specific areas of the feet and hands for the purpose of relieving stress or pain in corresponding areas of the body. There are thousands of nerve endings in just one foot that send messages to the brain to produce endorphins. These endorphins are the body’s own painkillers for relief of pain and stress.
A closer look will indicate that the human body can produce crystals in the blood. These crystals are usually deposits of calcium, uric acid and toxins. The crystals can be deposited in the hands or feet resulting in a “tender spot." This can cause a constriction of blood flow and oxygen to that area and the corresponding area of the body. Breaking down these deposits and massaging the specific area increases the blood flow, which will help eliminate these crystals.
A Reflexologist can break up deposits at the end of the nerve endings, while sending up oxygen flow and blood supply to the corresponding stressed areas in order to facilitate healing. Reflexologist do not diagnose, they make suggestions.