Reflexology is a practice where the feet are used to affect the entire body in a beneficial way. Pressure is applied to different zones on the feet and in turn these zones as representations of different parts of the body will carry signals that affect those respective areas.
Reflexology, although it’s often combined with massage, is technically not a form of massage. It’s a separate practice that applies pressure to reflex zones on your feet, hands or outer ears to affect your entire body.
What’s a reflex zone? Simply, it’s an area connected to other parts of your body. You have reflex zones on your feet, hands and ears. The basic theory underlying applying pressure to reflex zones is that the pressure affects the nerves, which then carry signals to other parts of your body. Reported benefits include relaxation and improved lymphatic drainage and blood circulation. These benefits help relieve the effects of stress, which in turn helps your body find balance and heal itself.
A reflexology session usually lasts an hour. The reflexologist must enquire about medical history before starting the session where the person will be laying on a table similar to that for massages. Different motions and methods are used.
A reflexology session usually can last for 45-60 minutes. The reflexologist will ask questions about the persons medical and emotional history, what illnesses or diseases have been previously diagnosed, medication or herbs now taking as these may affect the way in which the session is performed. Reflexology is not recommended during the first trimester of pregnancy.
Diabetics, people with osteoporosis or other ailments need to be handled differently.
The session takes place while the client is laying on a massage-like table. The reflexologist will relax the feet through flexing and similar motions. The session continues using methods somewhat similar to acupressure, usually starting at the tips of the toes and down to the heels on top and bottom of the feet and to the knees.
A person may feel minor sensations or nothing at all. The session is usually quite relaxing and I’ve had several people fall asleep. I’ve found through experience that reflexology is marvelous for stress management and general relaxation.
Massage and reflexology are two different things. Massage involves the manipulation of soft body tissues. It can be done for comfort or clinical reasons.
Massage therapy is the manipulation of soft tissues of the body including, muscles, connective tissues, tendons, ligaments and joints. Massage Therapy is a clinically-oriented healthcare option that helps alleviate the discomfort associated with every day and occupational stresses, muscular over-use and many chronic pain conditions.
There are different types of therapeutic massage. These are to help relieve stress, relieve pain or simply to relax.
Trigger Point Therapy
A trigger point is a tight area within muscle tissue that causes pain in other parts of the body. Trigger Point Therapy is specifically designed to alleviate the source of the pain through cycles of isolated pressure and release.
Our most popular therapeutic massage type, the light to medium pressure helps relieve stress, reduce pain, boost mood and promote relaxation.
Deep Tissue Massage
Deep Tissue is similar to Swedish massage, but the technique focuses on the deepest layer of muscles to target knots and release chronic muscle tension.
For athletes of every kind, each therapeutic massage is specific to your sport of choice, with focus on a particular troublesome area like a knee or shoulder.
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