Reflexology practices can be traced back to the early 6th dynasty, about 2,330 B.C. to the tomb of an Egyptian physician.
Reflexology works through the nervous system. It is specific touch technique of applying pressure to reflex points of the feet and hands that correspond to all glands, organs, and systems of the body. The physical act of applying specific pressure using thumb and fingers to these reflex areas results in improving circulation and reducing body stress, which promotes physiological changes in the body.
The theory is that your feet mirror your body. By placing an outline of the body over an image of the feet, you can see the toes correspond to the head area. Where the toes join the foot is the shoulder line. Below that is the lungs, etc. As you go down the feet, the other body parts and organs correspond to the specific defined areas in the feet.
The technique used in reflexology of the hands and feet is thumb walking, finger walking, and pressure pointing/hooking. Using this method stimulates reflex points relating to particular parts of your body. Working these reflexes helps return the body to its natural rhythm.