The early Chinese, Indian and Egyptian peoples practiced the art of healing known as reflexology. Foot reflexology is the health practice of stimulating and opening blocked meridians, or energy channels, that are responsible for maintaining the body's healthy balance. Blockage in the six main meridians in the feet obstruct the body's energy flow, which causes tension and susceptibility to illness caused by the body's failure to heal itself and ward off ailments. Accompanying the important meridians found in our feet, are over 7,000 nerve endings that are interconnected through our spinal chord and brain, which send crucial messages throughout our bodies. Okabashi shoes are designed to achieve the benefits of reflexology; each step stimulates vital spots on the soles of the feet.