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What is Reflexology?

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Reflexology is a natural, non-invasive science in which the therapist stimulates reflex areas in the feet or hands with the intention of producing beneficial response in other parts of the body. 

Through a protocol of manual techniques, such as thumb and finger-walking, hook and backup and rotating-on-a-point, the reflexologist stimulates the complex neural pathways linking body systems, supporting the body’s efforts to function optimally.

The effectiveness of reflexology is recognized worldwide by various national health institutions and the public at large as a distinct complementary practice within the holistic health field. From ancient times to the present day, working the feet and hands has been used by humankind as a means of maintaining good health and well-being. Why? Because your feet and hands have thousands of nerve endings making them a mini-map or microcosm of the entire body. These limbs act as self- tuners for the rest of the body and movements of these limbs stimulate the whole system.

A typical session lasts 60-90 minutes and is a wonderful way to reduce stress, improve circulation and restore balance. The therapist works on areas that relate to your organs, glands, and body parts by applying pressure with special thumb and finger techniques. The therapist will take into consideration your physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being when designing the session and, during the session, assess various “stress areas” or energy blocks in the body.

Reflexology is not a treatment for any specific health issue but rather assists the body systems to balance and achieve homeostasis. Reflexology cannot take the place of medical help when it is needed and the therapist cannot diagnose a specific condition. It simply works to complement orthodox medicine for ailments including, but not limited to: anemia, stress and anxiety, arthritis, asthma, bronchitis, chronic fatigue, weak immune system, constipation, menstrual cramps, muscular aches, depression, diabetes, emphysema, gall stones, hemorrhoids, high blood pressure, hormonal issues, infertility, insomnia, migraines, ulcers, and much more!


Reflexology Maps

reflexology foot chartsDating back to the 1930s, Reflexology practitioners have mapped out reflex areas on the feet and hands to represent specific areas of the body and specific conditions.

The “founding mother” of Reflexology, Eunice Ingham, first connected working with the endocrine system through the feet and developed diagrams to reflect this. Later, she recognized all of the body systems on the feet and mentored a number of the world’s most renowned Reflexologists.

Today, Reflexology is internationally recognized as an important component of integrative health and wellness plans. Many in the reflexology community continue to research, observe, and use the power of touch to further map out reflexes and continue Ingham’s legacy.

Reflexology Maps, like the ones shown here, help Reflexologists plan a treatment strategy, including where to apply technique, how much pressure to apply and for how long to apply. A professional Reflexologist will not only have an education in primary reflexes of the feet and hands, but also be able to apply techniques to any secondary or helper reflexes.




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Contact Details


If you are interested in booking an appointment, please contact:


Karen Isgur

Certified Reflexologist



Andover, MA