Reflexology is often described as applying pressure to the feet, hands, and other parts of the body for the benefit of the whole body. But it’s more specialized than that; reflexology isn’t just a foot massage!
Reflexologists use the application of pressure to specific areas to stimulate specific effects on different parts of the body. Every technique is designed to relieve pain and stress, improve circulation, and help restore the body’s natural healing systems – among many other things!
The Reflexology Zones
Reflexology is sometimes called “zone therapy” because this natural therapy began by dividing the body into different reflexes that connect with other parts of the body. These reflexes split the feet, hands, ears, face, and craniosacral area (the area from the cranium to the pelvis) into “zones” based on where each reflex correspond with other parts, including internal organs, nerves, and glands.
Based on your needs as communicated to your therapist and discovered via imbalance detection, the reflexologist would apply pressure to specific zones to stimulate the desired effect in another part of the body. This makes reflexology a much more natural, much less intrusive way of finding therapeutic relief from muscular and bone pain, stress, anxiety, insomnia, digestive ailments, circulatory issues, and hormonal imbalances.
The reflexologist uses a zone map to see what areas would provide therapeutic relief via reflexive connections. For example, just in front of the heel on your foot, there is a reflex point that corresponds with the parts of the body that, when imbalanced, create insomnia. If you were suffering from a sleep problem, the therapist would work that zone on your feet, as well as the zones on your hands and neck that correspond with it, to help you relieve insomnia.
What Makes Reflexology Work?
Reflexology works by stimulating the body’s natural healing abilities. When the body has gone through stress, illness or injury, it, unfortunately, has been thrown into an imbalance that can last much longer after the problem has been ostensibly solved. Bodily systems that are crucial to long-term health and wellness can be obstructed, preventing the glands and organs from doing their jobs and helping the body heal.
Reflexology seeks to restore the natural balance and flow of the body. By feeling the zones, trained reflexologists can detect the miniscule imbalances that are affecting major systems. The therapist can then release these blockages by expertly massaging certain points that correspond with the problems. The entire session takes place with the client in a comfortable position, with the therapist working points that correspond to the problems described. Relaxation is crucial to the therapy having an effect, so every appointment is performed with the client’s peacefulness in mind.
The application and the effects of reflexology differ for each person because we all have different issues and medical histories. What stays consistent is how un-invasive the therapy is: by working on specific extremities like hands and feet, the therapist can affect the entire body of the client, without the client having to remove any clothing! Contact us today to book a session.