Reflexology works by stimulating pressure points on the body to activate its own healing potential. Whilst it has its ancient roots in Eastern healing techniques, there has been an independent modern development of the practice in the West. Today the traditional Chinese energy pathways or meridians together with their associated pressure points are accepted as representing the energy pathways of the body. Illness occurs when there is a blockage at any point along these meridians. The foot, hand and ear each reflect a microcosm of the body so that pressure on certain points achieves balance within a defined part of the body to which it corresponds. By applying pressure to specific points, the body’s own healing process is stimulated and there is a corresponding improvement in physical and emotional well-being.