Reflexology is a non-intrusive complementary health therapy. It is a system of massage used to relieve or alleviate tension and treat a body as a whole.
Based on the theory that there are reflex points on the feet, hands and head that are link or correspond to every part of the body, so it is the application of pressure applied to these points that bring healing or relief to the body.
The belief in reflexology is that, these areas correspond to organs or ‘systems’ in the body and proponents believe that pressure applied to the these areas (remotely on feet, hands or head) affects the organs or ‘systems’ and thus bring benefits or healing to a person and their overall health.
The therapeutic employment of Yoga entails the application of Yogic practices, but for a different purpose – the purpose of curing illnesses. When disorder arises in a system of the body, it should undergo treatment. Specific Yogic practices can be instrumental in treating some such inefficiencies in the functioning of the body, and overcoming the illnesses caused by them. The mode in which Yogic processes are made to function for the treatment of a patient is called Yogic Therapy - Yogopathy.
A number of -pathies have come into existence for the remedy of diseases. They include Allopathy, Homeopathy, Ayurveda, Naturopathy, Magnetic Therapies, and so on. ‘Yogopathy’ appears to be a bead of the same necklace. But the basic difference between these -pathies and Yoga is that all the other -pathies were born for the remedial purpose, whereas that was never the aim of the science of Yoga. The ultimate goal of Yoga is the union of the human being with the Almighty. The practice of Yoga aims to lead the human to spiritual manifestation and ultimately Absolute Liberation. Many procedures were designed for this purpose. But, while observing the practice of Yoga, it was observed that some ailments can be cured with the practice of certain processes.
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