Reflexology evolved from an alternative therapy addressing various ailments to a beauty therapy offered at spa clinics and beauty clinics. Reflexology is a gentle and humble manipulation of a pressure point in foot or hands to generate the effects on a different part of the body.
In a simple term, reflexology is nothing but applying pressure to the hands and feet. Nerves in the different parts of the hands and feet connect to the different organs. The specific points in the hands and feet are called reflex areas. Applying pressure to the reflex areas, reflects in the connected organ and stimulates the organ. Generally, oil or moisturizing cream is applied to pressure the reflex points.
Reflexology – Alternative therapy and beauty treatment
According to the ancient medications, invisible blocks prevent healing any disease. Reflexology is all about clearing the blocks in the energy path. When it comes to pain and stress relief, reflex points stimulate the central nervous system. It produces the endorphins, a stress relief hormone and also reduces pain.
Applying pressure is the basic form of reflex therapy. Trained technicians and therapists also provide pressure by rotation, rubbing, kneading, etc.
Reflexology is widely used to treat aches and pains in different parts of the body; stress relief; improve blood circulation; reduce pressure level; soothe body and mind; etc. Although there is no proven scientific evidence that reflexology cures any medical conditions, it provides relief from pains and alleviates stress.
Massage is an advanced therapy. While reflexology is limited to specific reflex points, massage is performed from top to toe. Authentic Ayurvedic massage performed by therapists forms part of the treatment.
Yet, reflexology is a good alternative rejuvenation therapy for those who don’t prefer to shed clothes during a massage or who feels sick of getting oil applied on the body!
Benefits of reflexology massage:
When reflexology is done by an expert practitioner or a therapist, it provides deep relaxation benefits to the receiver. An in-depth relaxation can be felt all over the body.
- A deep sense of relaxation running all over the body
- De-stress and calm mind
- Improved sense and clarity
- Enhanced energy level
- Better and quality sleep
Reflexology carries the impact on various organs. A general reflex therapy improves the blood flow to the intestines, kidneys and resulted with enhanced digestion.
Besides, reflexology balances the natural equilibrium of the body. In addition, mild to moderate imbalance in the body is also restored.
Improved blood flow is one of the major benefits of reflexology. Proper blood circulation is essential for optimal functions of organs.
Specific health conditions are addressed and alleviated by reflexology, but only when performed by expert therapists in beauty spa or any spa clinic. They are,
- Back pain, foot pain, ankle pain, etc.
- Arthritis pain (reduces the pain but doesn’t treat it)
- Sleep problems
- Digestive disorders
- Migraine – an effective therapy
Reflexology cannot be used as a complimentary therapy to enhance the speed of healing process.
Reflexology Vs Acupressure
Reflexology is a spa treatment, whereas acupressure is still followed as alternative medicine.
The scope of reflexology is limited to applying different types of pressure in hand and foot. Sometimes, it is extended to head and neck massage. However, the scope of acupressure is wide. It is a potential therapy to treat all kinds of health conditions.
Acupressure is performed by identifying the energy or pressure points connected with the defective organ of the body. Specific kind of pressure like finger pressure, rotation, etc. is performed to send energy signals.
Reflexology is more of a beauty therapy. Acupressure is similar to acupuncture, where the former is performed with hands and latter is performed with thin needles.
Who can provide you reflexology?
Generally, reflexology is performed during a manicure or pedicure sessions. Any professionally trained massage therapist can provide you deep reflex therapy. A few countries mandate a certification in the reflexology. Specific courses are offered by various institutes.
A massage therapist or an Ayurvedic practitioner or even a certified esthetician can help you get the reflex right!
You can instantly identify whether the beauty spa therapist is a well-trained therapist or a novice. If you feel the reflex therapy consumed more time or you didn’t feel completely rejuvenated, the therapist is inexperienced.
Reflexology is a must for the bride
Among various skin treatments and spa routines in the beauty clinics, brides don’t miss reflexology. Hand reflexology and foot reflexology provides a complete rejuvenation to the whole body. Fix an appointment for reflexology along with your manicure sessions in the spa clinic.
Reflexology is not for everyone
Reflexology is for both men and women. It is a simple and quite effective therapy to get rid of the blues from the hectic lifestyle and strenuous activities. However, there are certain exceptions where reflexology is not recommended.
- If you have any unhealed or open wounds on your foot or hands
- During the first trimester of your pregnancy
- If you get any massage therapy or touch therapy recently (reflexology won’t be effective)
- If you suffer from any heart conditions
What is so buzzing about reflexology? Can I get it myself? You are already doing it, unknowingly!
When you have moderate to severe headache, pressing the palms on your head for a couple of minutes stimulates the pressure points in your hand and helps ease out the pain.
Rubbing palms, energetic clapping, self-massage, etc. also provides the benefits of reflexology. However, you cannot try a foot reflexology as it won’t be effective. Instead, scrubbing the foot will be beneficial. Self-reflexology is not effective when apply pressure. Just like you cannot tickle yourself, the reflexology cannot be so effective.
Reflexology during pregnancy is also performed. Although there are no side-effects of reflexology, make sure it is best done by an expert therapist when you are pregnant or planning for pregnancy.
Let me know your experience after a session of reflexology and keep visiting us to know more about reflexology dos and don’ts during pregnancy.