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Reflexology also known as zone therapy is a type of alternative method of treatment which involves applying gentle pressure to feet and hands with a specific technique using thumb and fingers.Reflexologist practice this method of treatment based on a concept that there are zones and reflex areas on hands and feet that reflect the different parts of the body. There is still not enough evidence to show that reflexology is beneficial and effective. It should not be an alternative for traditional medical treatment but can be used alongside if one desires.
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."
Reflexologists believe that there is an invisible life force or Qi. The blockage of these energy fields can prevent healing. It is a type of holistic technique that treats the individual as a whole and induces a state of harmony and balance in the body.
Regulation of reflexologists
In the United Kingdom, reflexology is now regulated on a voluntary basis by the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC).Our Therapists keep themselves up to date by doing additional annual courses. As registration with the CNHC is voluntary anyone may still practice the discipline and describe themselves as reflexologists. In addition, no evidence of the efficacy of any of the techniques of reflexology is required for such registration.