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Reflexology ~ The practice of massaging points on the feet to relieve tension and treat illness.

This is how the Oxford English Dictionary describes reflexology.

Reflexology can be dated back as far as 2330-2500 B.C. through Egyptian tomb paintings. These paintings show two men rubbing the feet of two other men. The inscription is deciphered as saying "Do not hurt me" by the patient, and the man working on his feet replies "I shall act so you praise me."

There are an unusually large number of nerve endings in the feet. This may be the reason that people respond to the touching of feet so intensely (tickling, foot massages).

Because of the large number of nerve endings in the feet, when pressure is applied to certain areas of the foot it is thought to relieve the symptom's of some ailments.