Reflexology & Why You Should Try It
In the past two decades, reflexology has grown into its time to shine. Whether at spas, private massage therapists, or certified reflexologists at medical facilities, such as a physical therapy office, reflexology has become a global therapy. However, the understanding and process of the service still remains a mystery to many that view this option on spa menus. Why is it offered at a spa at all? Let’s define this therapy a little better for you.
What is Reflexology?
When the research on reflexes was first being developed in the 1980s, there was a lot of skepticism about it being categorized under massage. It was scrutinized for being labeled in some practices as a reflexology massage rather than a natural, complementary therapy. It’s known as a practice involving thumb and finger techniques for applying pressure in alternating degrees to reflexes to reflex points. There is a reflex map of the body that is learned by the reflexologist in this process, with the points being located on the hands, feet, and sometimes the outer ears.
In research studies involving reflexes, it has been shown that there is a definite relationship between tactile sensation and somatosensory when reflex points are activated. In less scientific terms, this means that the practice of reflexology does work in the connection between reflex points and their corresponding relief points, such as organs, glands, or systems of the body.
Take, for example, a headache that needs to be relieved. Reflexology works to knead and press on certain areas of the foot to bring about relief for this; the big toe is what would be specified to relieve a headache. Reflexology has varying areas for major parts of the body, like sinus, lungs, liver, kidneys, the pelvis, colon, adrenal glands, spleen, stomach, heart, lungs, etc. The points corresponding to these areas of the body are called meridians and relate to each pressure point differently.
A massage therapist at a spa must be a certified professional in reflexology to correctly address the pressure points and bring about relaxation, relief, and remove tension. Some of the benefits of reflexology are as such:
· Cleanses the body of toxins
· Helps to boost the immune system
· Increases circulation
· Promotes healing
This service can greatly benefit the flows and regulators of your body to aid in them functioning properly. It’s a simple, yet very effective therapy that everyone should try at least once!
Botanica Day Spa Reflexology
While most practices and offices that differ from a spa create more of a “treatment” style to reflexology, at Botanica we still aspire to bring about the relaxing atmosphere of our namesake. Our reflexology is done with clothes on and focuses on the feet to relieve tension and relax the whole body. You still are able to enjoy the tranquil massage room while your reflex points are worked on. Our professional massage therapist will consult with you before beginning on any problem areas you might have, such as headaches, stomach issues, sensitivity, or even sinus trouble.
These areas are taken up through reflexology to create relief and alleviate the physical issues, which can also help with trouble sleeping. The best part of reflexology at Botanica Day Spa is the various time increments offered here! If you haven’t tried it before, we recommend our shortest increment for the therapy at 25 minutes. Then you can slowly build up to 55 minutes, 85, and even 115 minutes for the ultimate relaxation experience with this reflexology massage!
Stress and other life situations can constantly cause ailments for us and just general discomfort or tension. At Botanica spa, we love giving our clients the very best results we can offer, and this unique technique and therapy are one of them! Book your next massage appointment with us and give reflexology a try – you will be surprised by how well it works!