What Is Reflexology?

Reflexology is a massage system that uses reflex points in the feet, hands, and head to relieve tension and treat illness all over the body.

Reflexology is based on the theory that, in the feet and hands particularly, there are links to other areas of the body, and that tension and pain can be relieved through stimulation of these relationships.

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What Is Reflexology?

Reflexology applies pressure to an area and then releases that pressure. For example, pinching the tops of the toes in a specific way is believed to help with sinus pressure. Another example would be applying pressure to the heels of the foot is believed to help reduce lower back pain and/or sciatic nerve pain.

This is all done based on a reflexology chart, or a reflexology foot chart. These charts have been used for thousands of years in traditional Chinese medicine and work using the same pathways acupuncture targets. You may have seen a chart like this, where different parts of the foot correspond to different organs or areas of the body.

Nowadays, some practitioners start to use IASTM tool for reflexology. These newly developed tools are easy to be applied; in addition, you can use them not only to scrap your feet, but also press your acupoints. These tools are easy to clean as well. 

How Is Reflexology Performed?

Reflexology is performed with the hands, similar to a foot massage, or with specific tools that stimulate the area.

Reflexology takes the relaxing, calming feeling of a foot massage and targets it. You may notice doing so helps to improve mood and sleep, lower stress, raise energy levels, and more. A lot of the benefits of reflexology one will find relates to stress or anxiety in the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems, facilitating greater relaxation and focus on the individual.

Does Reflexology Work?

There are a lot of claims around reflexology, from it relieving sinus pressure to helping with pain. That said, there is very little scientific research on reflexology, which is why it’s treated as an alternative medicine. For some people, it may feel exactly like a foot massage and that’s all it is. Practitioners who perform reflexology, however, believe it can be used to help the following conditions or areas.

  • Immune system troubles.
  • Bacterial infections.
  • Sinus issues.
  • Back pain.
  • Hormonal imbalances.
  • Digestion.
  • Arthritis pain.

Please note that reflexology should never be used as an alternative to doctor-prescribed medications or medically necessary therapies. Many people opt to combine it with other treatments, such as acupuncture, to maximize the effects. Talk to a skilled reflexologist to get a sense of what’s possible and what expectations to have going into your first appointment.


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