What is reflexology?
I am often asked about reflexology and how it differs from massage. Simply put, reflexology is a form of bodywork that applies pressure on the reflex points of the feet, hands, and ears. It helps to enhance the overall well-being by balancing the nervous system and stimulating the release of endorphins that help reduce pain and stress.
For example, someone experiencing back pain in the lumbar area can benefit from reflexology when the applied pressure is performed on the inside (medial) part of the foot, towards the heel. I know what you’re thinking… How is that possible? In the theory behind reflexology, there are certain points on the reflex areas that are connected to specific organs and body parts through the body’s energy channels. By applying pressure to the reflex area, the energy blockage is removed and promotes health in the related body area. Here are the zones of the foot with examples of reflex areas and their corresponding body parts:
· Head & Neck – toes area corresponds to the head (ears, eyes, neck, brain)
· Chest – ball of foot corresponds to the chest area (heart, lungs, shoulder)
· Abdominal Organ – arch of foot corresponds to the stomach (gallbladder, liver, pancreas and kidney)
· Pelvic Area – heel of foot corresponds with low back and intestines
Why should someone have reflexology?
Although reflexology is not used to diagnose or cure disease, it is a great complement in conjunction with other treatments when addressing conditions such as:
· Tension headaches, migraines
· Plantar fasciitis
· Digestive problems
· Hormonal imbalances
· Sports injuries
· Menstrual disorders, such as premenstrual syndrome (PMS)
· Back pain
What is a typical reflexology session like?
The treatment typically lasts between 30-60 minutes after completing a health history intake. The information obtained from the health history is used to customize the reflexology session. Shoes and socks are removed, and you either sit back or lie down in a comfortable position. Pressure is applied to the points of the foot to release tension, improve circulation and promote health in the related area of the body. Depending on one’s own personal pain tolerance and what issues are going on in their body, reflexology can sometimes hurt. But in general, most people find that it’s a pleasant sensation. Don’t worry if you think you have ticklish feet - firm pressure is used so you should be able to relax and reap the benefits of reflexology.
How do you feel after a reflexology session?
People report feeling calm and relaxed after having reflexology. It’s not unusual to feel sleepy afterwards as you may have dosed off during the treatment. I’ve been told by clients that they feel as though they are “floating” after a session and feel very light on their feet.