Reflexology is

the ancient practice of applying pressure to areas on the feet (or the hands) to bring relaxation and healing.

The thousands of nerve endings in the human foot supply sensory feedback to the central nervous system, according to the Canadian Federation of Podiatric Medicine (CFPM). 

The theory behind reflexology is that areas of the foot correspond to organs and systems of the body. Pressure applied to the foot is believed to bring relaxation and healing to the corresponding area of the body.

Per Dr. Oz:

Did you know that the bottom of your feet could affect what’s going on in other areas of your body? On each foot there are over 7,000 nerve endings called reflexes that correspond to every organ and system within your body. By pressing on these reflex points, you stimulate the nervous system and open energy pathways that may be blocked or congested.

Digestion issues are the most common issue treated with reflexology.

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By slipping the “foot massage insole” in your shoes, you use your body weight to activate and increase blood flow to the 72,000 nerve endings in the bottom of your feet.