In reflexology, pressure is applied to specific reflex points on the foot. These points correspond to the organs and areas of the body. It is said that the treatment induces a healing response, even ameliorating some diseases.

Reflexology is one of the most popular types of massage. Beyond the beneficial effects of the treatment, its purpose is to go deeper than the skin and muscles. Fleshy kneading of the foot, pulling the toes, following around the heel and pushing deep into the arch are just some of the movements you will experience during a treatment.

How does reflexology work?

The theory behind reflexology is that there are certain points or areas on the feet and hands that are energetically connected to certain organs and parts of the body through energy channels in the body.

By applying pressure to the reflex areas, the therapist eliminates energy blockages and promotes health in the body area.

What can I expect on a first reflexology visit?

Regardless of your health (conditions) (eg, migraine, nausea, sciatica, etc.), the therapist focuses on the entire model of reflexology, starting with the toes and working down the foot. A full reflexology session uses many different techniques and includes all the stitches on both legs (and maybe on the hands and ears).

Working on all points, the therapist addresses the internal organs and glands, as well as muscle groups, bones, nerve ganglia (solar plexus, brachial plexus) and nerves (sciatica) during a session.

If you have a specific condition, such as migraines, the therapist will feel carefully and work on the area corresponding to the presentation problem. However, all areas of the foot will also work with light pressure, because, according to theories of reflexology, this allows the nerve pathways and congestion to release and promotes the relaxing response for the whole body.

How is pain and discomfort treated with reflexology?

The first thing to understand is that reflexology stimulates the nervous system to do the work of balancing and releasing; it is not the therapist who "fixes" the discomfort. In other words, "pain relief" is not the model; the goal is rather to bring the whole body into balance, and then the pain will go away.

If reflexologists find pain, congestion during the session, they will apply pressure to work to bring the body back into balance.

The reflexotherapist may return to that area or spot at the end of the session, confirming that the pain has been relieved. Throughout the session, the therapist will remain present on the affected points, reducing and bringing the patient into a calm and focused state of awareness.

What are the benefits?

Reflexology can address anything from headaches to sinus problems and stomach problems. If sensitivity or sensitivity is experienced when an area is stimulated, it usually indicates body weakness or imbalances within the corresponding organ.

With repeated pressure and manipulation of nerve endings, reflexology can help eliminate any blocked energy channels. It is said to do this by moving blood flow, nutrients and nerve impulses. This ultimately improves overall health and balance.

Other potential benefits:

  • Cleanses the body of toxins
  • Boost your immune system
  • Increase circulation
  • Promotes healing
  • Balances energy

How often do I need reflexology?

Reflexology can serve several purposes. The purpose of your treatment is to determine how often you should schedule your visits. It also depends on personal preferences and budget, of course.

If you are trying to treat a particular condition, you should schedule your reflexology sessions once or twice a week. It is a good idea to keep the same schedule and enjoy your treatments on the same day each week for about four to six weeks. Once you're happy with how you feel, you can reduce your sessions every two weeks and possibly once a month.

If you are suffering from a chronic condition, we recommend that you continue a weekly session routine. You will feel better after several sessions and you may be inclined to stop. However, with chronic problems, your pain will return and you will have to endure the slow recovery again. Maintaining your condition is much less painful and less disruptive to your lifestyle.

Of course, you can even schedule reflexology sessions just for relaxation. If you simply like to take time for yourself, then regular reflexology treatments will definitely do the trick.

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Important things to remember

  • Do not receive reflexology if you are pregnant. Try a prenatal massage instead.
  • Consult a doctor first if you have leg problems, an injury or a disease of the blood vessels associated with clots or varicose veins.
  • It is recommended to do 1-2 or more series of 10 reflexology sessions;
  • It is recommended that before 1 hour and 30 minutes after therapy you do not eat anything;
  • During reflexology sessions it is recommended to drink as much fluid as possible, over 2 liters, depending on the possibilities of your body;
  • During therapy it is recommended not to smoke, not to consume alcoholic beverages, to reduce coffee consumption;
  • During reflexology treatment it is recommended to have a balanced diet, rich in vegetables, fruits and natural juices, and preferably to avoid meat.
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