Reflexology (zone therapy) is an alternative medicine
method involving the practice of massaging, squeezing, or pushing on parts
of the feet, or sometimes the hands and ears, with the goal of encouraging a
beneficial effect on other parts of the body, or to improve general health.
There is no consensus among reflexologists on how
reflexology is supposed to work; a unifying theme is the idea that areas on
the foot correspond to areas of the body, and that by manipulating these one
can improve health.
Concerns have been raised by medical professionals that
treating potentially serious illnesses with reflexology, which has no proven
efficacy, could delay the seeking appropriate medical treatment.
Reflexology Association of America