Reflexology

Closeup of oily feet receiving massage

Reflexology

Reflexology is commonly known as the process by which pressure is applied on different parts of the body such as feet, hands, as well as ears.

Reflexology is regarded as an effective means of alleviating stress and certain illnesses.

Reflexology is not just for pleasure but rather, for gaining a healthy lifestyle in terms of mental, emotional, and physical well-being. Reflexology can help in preventing aches and muscle pain and tension, as well as in significantly reducing physical, emotional and mental fatigue.

Benefits of Reflexology Foot Massage

Reflexology foot therapy involves applying pressure to certain points in the feet, which corresponds to various parts of the body to decrease pain and promote good health. But reflexology is more than an enjoyable foot rub. Instead, it’s based on the theory that certain points in the feet and hands are related to different organs and systems in the body. By applying pressure to these points, reflexology can improve the functioning of the systems.

Although reflexology is used to treat a variety of conditions, studies have mostly been done on its effectiveness in treating stress and pain. For example, research conducted by the National Institutes of Health indicated that reflexology might decrease anxiety, stress and sleep problems in some people.

During a reflexology treatment, the practitioner will apply pressure to specific areas of your feet and possibly your hands based on the condition being treated. The pressure may be applied with the fingers, hands or tools, such as rubber balls. Reflexology is considered safe with very little risk of side effects. Some people may experience discomfort if the pressure applied is too hard.

Characteristics of Reflexology

Relaxation ****

Therapeutic **

Intensity: Mild to Strong

Lubrication: Yes

Undressing: No

Tip: Likely

How to interpret the rating scale

Reflex Points on the Foot

Foot Reflex Points

Reflexology is a healing technique based on the theory that reflex areas exist in the feet, hands, and ears that link or refer to particular organs, glands, and other parts of the body.

Hand Reflexology Treatment

Hand Reflexology

While, reflexology is a form of bodywork that focuses primarily on the feet, it may be administered on hands or ears.

Reflex Points on the Hand

Reflexology

Reflex Points on the Ear

Reflexology

Reflexology is available at Toronto Massage Clinic

 Tips! How to Find a Reflexologist

Reflexology is not regulated in any province in Canada or the U.S. Virtually anybody can practice reflexology or call him- or herself a reflexologist. Read more… (How to Find a Reflexologist)


One Response to Reflexology

  1. Crystal says:

    Good overview, hoewver Sports massage is also used for realignment of muscle fibers not just the Orthopedic massage. Massage is good for a number of conditions and illnesses, and generally more often than not it is the feel good factor and relaxation that are the positive effects post massage, rather than any medical cures. However we must remember that it is also contraindicated for other illnesses such as Cancer, as massage could encourage the cancer to spread and cause possible illnesses such as lymphedema.Overall though for the general population massage should be a regular part of most peoples lives both for general feel good factor and the prevention of injuries.

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