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Reflexology works on the principle that the body has specific reflex points or pressure points that control the energy that flows throughout the body. Applying pressure to these points unblocks any stoppages in the energy flow and sends a calming message to the nervous system which then signals the body to release tension.
A reflexology session can relax the body, helping to get rid of any pain or illness caused due to stress. These points are in the hands, feet, ears, and even on the face. The feet have a large number of these points and are so even a foot reflexology session can relax your whole body.
The process commonly involves movements like pulling the toes, kneading the foot, and using a thin wooden tool to apply pressure on the reflex points. You do not usually have to undress as these massages can be performed dry, but some centres may use oil. Do check with the practitioner if you have a preference.
Reflexology is considered to have many benefits such as:
However, it is important to note that reflexology is not a substitute for medical treatment. In fact, reflexologists don’t diagnose illnesses nor do they claim to treat diseases.
While a reflexology session and a foot massage can seem like the same thing, they’re completely different. A massage usually increases blood circulation and reduces stress to make you feel light and healthy. On the other hand, reflexology uses target points in the foot, hands, and ears to restore the body’s energy balance.
Acupressure and reflexology are based on the same concept of working on the body through stimulation points, but the practices are still different. Reflexology uses reflex points that are mapped to different parts of the body, whereas acupressure uses around 800 established points along energy meridians in the body.
Acupuncture also works on the same principle of specific points that can be used to unblock the flow of energy and stimulate a healing tingling throughout the body. However an acupuncturist will insert fine needles into these points to do so. While acupressure and reflexology are not intrusive, acupuncture can be uncomfortable for those who do not like needles.
There’s no good or bad time to get reflexology done but people usually practice it for stress-related issues, hormonal imbalances, fitness injuries, menstrual disorders, migraines, headaches, insomnia, and digestive issues amongst others.
After your session, you may feel thirsty or hungry. You are likely to sleep better and feel more energetic. Those with sinus conditions may notice a slightly increased production of mucus. Do drink more water to flush out any toxins released by the massage, and try to enjoy the feeling of relaxation and wellbeing by planning an easy day or week for yourself.
Reflexology is a safe form of therapy for anyone. It is non-invasive and relaxing, but can be uncomfortable for those who are extremely sensitive to touch. However you can explain the level of pressure you are comfortable with before and during the session.
In today’s fast-paced, stressful life, reflexology can be an extremely relaxing and therapeutic procedure. Planning to try it out? You can browse through our list of experienced reflexologists here.