Reflexology Massage

Reflexology massage is a type of bodywork that focuses on the feet and hands. The belief behind this modality is that specific parts of the hands and feet correspond to different parts of the body and particular pressure or attention to these zones can positively affect organs, bones or body systems.[1]

The possible benefits of reflexology are many. Above all, it promotes relaxation and the relief of stress. It can also help reduce pain, anxiety and depression. Reflexology has even been known to help with numerous health concerns ranging from aggressive behavior in children and phantom limb pain, and can be used as a component in cancer care and post-operation recovery. It is also said to affect physiological measures like blood pressure and cholesterol. In addition, it has been used to ease pregnancy, delivery and post-partum effects. [2]

Pressure or strokes are applied with the thumb, fingers or hand without the use of lotion or oil. A reflexology practitioner will work through the entire hand or foot methodically, using pressure, stretch and movement. The pressure should be at a level that is neither too soft nor too hard, but comfortable for the receiver of the massage. [3]

Many people are drawn to reflexology as it promotes the idea of the body healing or correcting itself. However, it is important not to treat reflexology as an alternative to medical help if you have a serious problem, but as a complement to your current wellness program.[4]

If you are interested in the reflexive points in the hands and feet and how they can benefit other parts of the body, find a reflexology specialist and see if it is right for you.



[1] Taking Charge of Your Health. University of Minnesota website. Last accessed September, 2012. http://takingcharge.csh.umn.edu/explore-healing-practices/reflexology

[2] Reflexology-Research website. Last accessed September, 2012. http://www.reflexology-research.com/index.php/what-is-reflexology/what-are-the-benefits-of-reflexology

[3] Reflexology-Research website. Last accessed September, 2012. http://www.reflexology-research.com/index.php/what-is-reflexology/what-should-i-expect-from-a-reflexology-session

[4] Reflexology-Research website. Last accessed September, 2012. http://www.reflexology-research.com/index.php/what-is-reflexology/what-are-the-benefits-of-reflexology