Modality of Reflexology


Reflexology is an alternative modality involving application of pressure to the feet, hands, and outer ears with specific thumb, finger, and hand techniques without the use of oil or lotion. It is based on a system of zones and reflex areas that reflect an image of the body on the feet and hands, with the premise that such work affects a physical change to the body.

The Reflexology Association of Canada defines reflexology as: "A natural healing art based on the principle that there are reflexes in the feet, hands and ears and their referral areas within zone related areas, which correspond to every part, gland and organ of the body. Through application of pressure on these reflexes without the use of tools, crèmes or lotions, the feet being the primary area of application, reflexology relieves tension, improves circulation and helps promote the natural function of the related areas of the body."


Definition of Reflexology


Reflexology is the study, art and science, using specific touch techniques on reflex maps, believed to exist on the feet, hands and outer ears. The concept seems simple, yet is most affective.

Foot Chart

Foot Chart designed by Bill Flocco

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Reflexology Spotlighted!

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The use of reflexology is valuable in increasing circulation and reducing inflammation, thus resulting in an increase in relaxation. Several studies show inflammation at the root of much illness and chronic disease.


Nerve Reflexology

Touchpoint in Copenhagen

Cynthia is incorporating Nerve Reflexology into her sessions. It is taught around the world by Dorthe Kroogsgaard and Peter Lund Frandsen, at school in Denmark. Their credentials are extensive.

Their specialty is the inclusion of many different reflexology methods, such as nerve reflexology, different Scandinavian methods, and new reflex zones for muscles. "We always include conventional knowledge such as extended anatomy/physiology, pathology and allopathic treatment but we also look at the philosophical and psychological implications involved."

Please see their website for more valuable information on their technique and a schedule of their classes.