Reflexology works according to the same principles of acupuncture and acupressure, except that the energetic correspondences to the organs are found on a ‘map’ on the soles of the feet. The basic principle is that every area of the hand and foot is directly connected, energetically, to a specific area of the body. Is there a correspondence between physical health and emotional health? It is to say, could it be that illness is caused in some cases by an emotional/mental imbalance that weakens the functioning of the organs? Could one say that ‘stress’ (which is emotional in essence) weakens the immune system, through generating a continuous flight-or-fight response? This makes sense: but, could we link specific organs to specific emotions?
Further reading on this topic in a more scientific apprach: Molecules Of Emotion: The Science Behind Mind-Body Medicine
Why do we feel the way we feel? How do our thoughts and emotions affect our health? Are our bodies and minds distinct from each other or do they function together as parts of an interconnected system?
In her groundbreaking book Molecules of Emotion, Candace Pert provides startling and decisive answers to these and other challenging questions that scientists and philosophers have pondered for centuries.