Reflex-ologies

reflexology

[ree-flek-sol-uh-jee]
noun
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.
Medicine/Medical. the study of reflex movements and processes.

Origin:
1920–25; reflex + -o- + -logy

reflexologist, noun
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reflexology (ˌriːflɛkˈsɒlədʒɪ)
 
n
1.  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
2.  psychol the belief that behaviour can be understood in terms of combinations of reflexes
 
reflex'ologist
 
n

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reflexology re·flex·ol·o·gy (rē'flěk-sŏl'ə-jē)
n.

  1. The study of reflex responses, especially as they affect behavior.

  2. A method of massage that relieves nervous tension through the application of finger pressure, especially to the feet.

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