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Reflexology is a complementary therapy that involves gentle massage of the feet or hands to stimulate energy pathways in the body. In traditional Chinese medicine, it is believed that qi or “vital energy” flows through each person. When a person feels stressed, qi becomes blocked, resulting in an imbalance in the body that leads to illness. Reflexology aims to keep qi flowing through the body, keeping it balanced and disease free. It is practiced by a reflexologist, who uses foot maps to determine where to apply pressure. Certain points on the feet correspond to organs in the body. The belief is that the reflexologists’ touch sends energy flowing through a person’s body to help calm the central nervous system and promote healing. Zone theory is another belief that explains how reflexology works; the body contains 10 vertical zones which represent different body parts and corresponds to specific fingers and toes. Reflexologists believe that touching these fingers and toes allows them to access every body part in a particular zone. Other potential benefits include; removal of toxins from the body, boosts the immune system, reduce stress and anxiety, reduce back pain, correct hormonal imbalances, boost fertility, improve digestion, ease arthritis pain and improve general well-being. Reflexology is popular among people with cancer, as it may help reduce nerve tingling and numbness from cancer drugs (peripheral neuropathy). Generally, reflexology is very safe, however it’s still important to consult a doctor before attending a reflexology session. A typical session lasts between 45 to 60 minutes.