Reflexologists treat diseases in parts of the body they claim to be related to reflex areas. It is thought that illness occurs when energy channels in the body are blocked, causing damage to one area or another. Massage is aimed at destroying these blocks, allowing the energy to flow freely again and so heal the damage.
Reflexologists regard the feet as a mirror of the body. Different parts of the sole connect in some way to such organs as the bladder, kidneys and lungs; the big toe to the head and brain; and the little toe to the sinuses. The massage alone is said to prompt the body to heal itself.
Reflexologists claim that they can sometimes detect an impending or potential illness, then give preventive treatment, if appropriate, or advise the patient to see his GP.