reflexology

noun
re·​flex·​ol·​o·​gy | \ˌrē-ˌflek-ˈsä-lə-jē \

Definition of reflexology 

1 : the study and interpretation of behavior in terms of simple and complex reflexes

2 : massage of the hands or feet based on the belief that pressure applied to specific points on these extremities benefits other parts of the body

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reflexologist \ ˌrē-​ˌflek-​ˈsä-​lə-​jist \ noun

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Services that will be offered are manicures, pedicures, chair massage, facials and reflexology. Courant Community, "Community News For The Stafford Edition," 8 May 2018 The 90-minute Mindful Massage is designed to be clarifying and deeply relaxing, incorporating a scalp massage with warm rose quartz crystals, breathing and visualization techniques, foot reflexology, and, of course, a full body massage. Natalie B. Compton, GQ, "Spring Clean Your Winter Bod at These Wellness-Focused Luxe Hotels," 29 Mar. 2018 This winter, neighbors are still fundraising to complete the park, which will include a reflexology path. Beth Nordlund, Anchorage Daily News, "From off-leash dogs to reflexology paths, neighbors have plans for Anchorage parks," 31 Jan. 2018 Afterward, soothe aching muscles at Aura Spa on Main Street, which offers everything from balancing hot-stone massages to reflexology. Christina Pérez, Vogue, "A Weekend in Park City, Utah: Where to Eat, Stay, and Play During Sundance," 18 Jan. 2018 The Exhale Spa offers reflexology and Thai stretching. Condé Nast Traveler, "Gansevoort Turks + Caicos," 20 Oct. 2017 Her little baby… is just, like, sleeping while knitting… and her toddler is like giving her a reflexology massage. Lisa Przystup, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Rise of Picture-Perfect Motherhood," 27 Sep. 2017 His offerings of Chinese herbs to build my immune system, a referral for reflexology for hormonal balance and relaxation, meditation, and dietary changes — all felt good. Author: Mary Katzke, Alaska Dispatch News, "Cancer survivor testifies to the ways of healing," 23 Sep. 2017 Enough already with this Hurricane! Relax and refresh by treating yourself while saving more than 50 percent off in many cases on massages and reflexology, facials, manicures and pedicures, exfoliations, wraps and salon blowouts. Doreen Christensen, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Um, it's Spa Month...," 18 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of reflexology

1923, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of reflexology was in 1923

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reflexology

noun

English Language Learners Definition of reflexology

: a method of relieving pain or curing illness by pressing on particular parts of a person's hands or feet

reflexology

noun
re·​flex·​ol·​o·​gy | \ˌrē-ˌflek-ˈsäl-ə-jē \
plural reflexologies

Medical Definition of reflexology 

1 : the study and interpretation of behavior in terms of simple and complex reflexes

2 : massage of the feet or hands based on the belief that pressure applied to specific points on these extremities benefits other parts of the body

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