Researchers from the Stirling University in Scotland have unearthed the first scientifically robust evidence that reflexology does have a physical effect.
Heart function in particular shows “subtle” improvement when reflexology massage is applied to the heart point – a spot located somewhere on the ball of the left foot.
Volunteers underwent a professional reflexology massage as well as a sham treatment – where only the heel of the foot was massaged – to highlight the specific benefits of the complementary therapy.
Significantly there was no change to cardiac output following the sham treatment.
Jenny Jones, a PhD student, said the finding was “intriguing”, adding: “We have no idea what caused this change.”
Adding to the mystery is that there were no differences in other cardiac measures, such as...