Spa-light: Heading Feet First into Reflexology
Is reflexology just a feel-good treatment or does it have curative effects? Experts say that there are specific pressure points in the feet and hands that correspond to organs and regions elsewhere in the body. Reflexology can provide relief from a wide variety of ailments from migraines to pre-menstrual syndrome to digestion issues.
Applying pressure to specific areas of the feet, hands and ears stimulates the health and function of corresponding organs and regions in the body. The aim is to remove all blockages to the body’s energy flow. Applying pressure and manipulating nerve endings, traditionally in the foot, can actually move the flow of energy, blood, nutrients and nerve impulses and restore health and balance.
To be effective, a reflexology practitioner must be certified and understand the meridians related to each pressure point. Most spas do offer reflexology on their spa menu and the treatment typically lasts approximately 30 minutes. It is important to understand that although the treatment is centered on the feet, it is not simply a foot rub. While there is the opportunity to relieve foot pain with reflexology, the key element of this technique is the ability to manipulate other ailments across the body. It is important to have a conversation with your reflexologist beforehand and discuss your “issues” whether it is constipation, a tension headache or trouble sleeping.
General Benefits Associated with Reflexology:
- Improving circulation
- Reducing tension and relieving stress
- Relieving migraine and tension headaches
- Alleviating pre-menstrual syndrome
- Alleviating digestive problems like constipation
- Helping to alleviate sleeplessness
- Encouraging overall healing and wellbeing
Although most people think of foot massage when they think of reflexology, modern day reflexology may incorporate manipulation of the hand. This area of reflexology is growing in popularity, mostly due to the growth in use of handheld devices, texting, typing and more. Hand reflexology provides relief from the physical stresses associated with these technologies and other repetitive hand actions.
General Guidance Concerning Reflexology:
- Wait until at least one hour after eating.
- Don’t receive reflexology if you are pregnant
- Drink water following the treatment to eliminate toxins and lactic acid buildup that occurs during the massage.
- Consult a doctor first if you have foot problems, an injury, a blood vessel disease associated with clots, or varicose veins.
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