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.
Medicine/Medical. the study of reflex movements and processes.

Origin of reflexology

First recorded in 1920–25; reflex + -o- + -logy
Related formsre·flex·ol·o·gist, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for reflexology



a form of therapy practised as a treatment in alternative medicine in which the soles of the feet are massaged: designed to stimulate the blood supply and nerves and thus relieve tension
psychol the belief that behaviour can be understood in terms of combinations of reflexes
Derived Formsreflexologist, noun
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Word Origin and History for reflexology

1927, as a psychological theory, from German reflexologie (1912); see reflex + -ology. As a foot massage technique, first recorded 1976.

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Medicine definitions for reflexology




The study of reflex responses, especially as they affect behavior.
A method of massage that relieves nervous tension through the application of finger pressure, especially to the feet.
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