reflexology
noun Etymology: International Scientific Vocabulary Date: 1923 1. the study and interpretation of behavior in terms of simple and complex reflexes 2. massage of the hands or feet based on the belief that pressure applied to specific points on these extremities benefits other parts of the body • reflexologist noun

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  • Reflexology — Reflexology, or zone therapy, is the practice of massaging, squeezing, or pushing on parts of the feet, or sometimes the hands and ears, with the goal of encouraging a beneficial effect on other parts of the body, or to improve general health.… …   Wikipedia

  • reflexology — 1927, as a psychological theory, from Ger. reflexologie (1912); see REFLEX (Cf. reflex) + OLOGY (Cf. ology). As a foot massage technique, first recorded 1976 …   Etymology dictionary

  • reflexology — ► NOUN ▪ a system of massage used to relieve tension and treat illness, based on the theory that there are points on the feet, hands, and head linked to every part of the body. DERIVATIVES reflexologist noun …   English terms dictionary

  • reflexology — [rē΄fleks äl′ə jē] n. a practice involving the use of acupressure or massage of the hands or, esp., the feet to relieve pain in other parts of the body, reduce tension, etc. reflexologist n …   English World dictionary

  • reflexology — The study of reflexes. [reflex + G. logos, study] * * * re·flex·ol·o·gy .rē .flek säl ə jē n, pl gies 1) the study and interpretation of behavior in terms of simple and complex reflexes 2) massage of the feet or hands based on the belief that… …   Medical dictionary

  • reflexology — [[t]ri͟ːfleksɒ̱ləʤi[/t]] N UNCOUNT Reflexology is the practice of massaging particular areas of the body, especially the feet, in the belief that it can heal particular organs. Derived words: reflexologist plural N COUNT A reflexologist can often …   English dictionary

  • reflexology — n. a complementary therapy based on the theory that reflex points on the feet correspond with all body parts. Firm pressure is applied to the relevant reflex points using the thumb or fingers. Reflexology is said to be able to help with specific… …   The new mediacal dictionary

  • reflexology — reflexologist, n. /ree flek sol euh jee/, n. 1. a system of massaging specific areas of the foot or sometimes the hand in order to promote healing, relieve stress, etc., in other parts of the body. 2. Med. the study of reflex movements and… …   Universalium

  • reflexology — noun a) The study and interpretation of behavior in terms of simple and complex reflexes. b) A form of complementary medicine involving the stimulation of points on the feet, hands, or ears, in the belief that it will have a beneficial effect on… …   Wiktionary

  • reflexology — re|flex|ol|o|gy [ˌri:flekˈsɔlədʒi US ˈsa: ] n [U] a type of ↑alternative medicine in which areas of the feet are touched or rubbed in order to cure medical problems in other parts of the body …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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