Do you long for a foot massage at the end of a long day? Do you find yourself massaging your own feet while you watch television? It’s not just to relieve the aches in your feet. Foot reflexology states that you can treat problems in the entire body through reflex points or pressure points in the feet.
There are reflex points all over the body including in your face and ears, but when it comes to reflexology feet are the best option because they contain a larger number of points.
What is foot reflexology?
According to modern reflexology, the foot has certain reflex points that map to organs and structures of the body. For instance, the tip of the big toe on the left foot maps to the left hemisphere of the brain.
When the practitioner applies pressure to these points, it invigorates the body’s natural healing process and clears any blockages. As a free flow of energy rushes through your body, you will feel balanced and calm. With frequent sessions, you will notice significant physical and emotional health benefits.
What are the benefits of foot reflexology?
In reflexology feet can be manipulated to treat specific areas of the body or to improve the general functioning of the body. Reflexologists claim that any physical or emotional issue can be analyzed and addressed by treating the corresponding region of the foot.
It is recommended for specific complaints such as:
- Digestive discomfort
- Shoulder, back and neck pain
- Sinus trouble
Reflexology also provides the following general benefits:
- Relieves mental stress and anxiety
- Increases energy levels
- Promotes a sense of physical relaxation and relief from muscular and nerve tension
- Restores balance of emotions and mental health
- Detoxes body by enabling free flow and drainage of toxins
What should I know before I book a session?
If you are booking your first session, you might want to know what it entails. You should keep the following in mind:
A typical session is an hour long, but this varies depending on the technique and the recommendations of the practitioner.
It starts with a detailed discussion about your current state of health and lifestyle.
You are required to sit, recline or lie down comfortably with a slightly raised head.
The therapist studies and may manipulate your feet before commencing the treatment. This is to diagnose or test for any blockages or potential health conditions that they can treat.
They relax the feet with a massage and work on the reflex points by applying pressure through specific techniques on the various reflex zones
After your session is over, you should drink some water and enjoy the state of calm relaxation for the rest of the day.
Some people may experience better sleep and a boosted appetite after a foot reflexology session. For some, you may feel thirsty more often or notice more mucus production after your treatment. The release of energy blockages and the detoxing of your body may take place in different ways.
The ideal number of sessions that you should take is recommended by the therapist who will take into consideration the state of your health and your response to the treatment. On an average you should expect to do five to six sessions before you will start experiencing the benefits.
Is foot reflexology safe?
Reflexology is completely safe for everyone. It is a non-intrusive technique and relaxing form of alternative therapy that works at many levels while relaxing and restoring the mind.
You can talk to the practitioner about the level of pressure you’re comfortable with, or ask for changes during the session too, but if you are very sensitive or ticklish, you may not enjoy a foot reflexology treatment.
Do remember that this is an alternative form of medicine and should not be used in place of medical or therapeutic prescriptions. Always consult your medical practitioner if you have serious medical conditions that need to be addressed. Never discontinue any conventional treatments on the advice of a reflexologist.
What are the different techniques of foot reflexology?
Over the decades, reflexology has continued to develop all over the world, with new and adapted forms of treatment emerging. The three most recognized and widely practiced techniques are:
- Rwo Shur:
Practiced in several Asian countries, this technique aims for stimulation of the points instead of relaxation. It combines thumb-sliding with other pressure techniques using knuckles and thin wooden sticks, with firm pressure and fast, fluid motions.
In this technique, the practitioner uses thumb-walking or presses the reflex points with thumbs and other fingers, keeping an even pressure across the entire foot.
- Ayurvedic Reflexology:
This is a blend of techniques that aims at aligning the energy systems of the body by stimulating the flow of vital energy (prana) through the energy centers in the foot.
If you would like to book a treatment, Avaana can help you find a reflexology expert near you.