While commonly misunderstood as a sort of foot massage, reflexology is actually are far more detailed, natural therapy that is designed to improve the way a body functions. It is based upon the idea that nerve endings in the hands and feet are related to the rest of the body. For example, the base of the little toe is related to the ear and the ball of the foot is related to the lung. Application of the correct amount of pressure on these nerve endings brings about an improved state of functioning and health. Reflexology in some form or another has actually been used for thousands of years as a holistic way to treat everything from stress and low energy to pain, depression, poor circulation, and many other physical discomforts. You may have heard of it, but may wonder what exactly it is or what it can do for you.

What is Reflexology

Reflexology massage, more commonly known as reflexology, involves applying pressure to specific points on the feet, lower leg, hands, face, and ears that correspond with various organs, glands, and other body parts. It is not intended to replace traditional health care, but it can be a highly beneficial complementary therapy. It was first introduced to the West by Dr. William Fitzgerald, who called it “Zone Therapy." Dr. Fitzgerald believed that there was a link between reflex areas on the hands and feet and other organs and parts of the body. Eunice Ingham took this idea further by suggesting that congestion or tension in the feet indicates that there is congestion or tension in the corresponding body part.

Just a few of the many benefits of reflexology include:

Receiving Reflexology

Reflexology is different from other forms of massage therapy in that only the shoes and socks are removed and no lotions or oils will be used. You will either sit or recline, whichever position is most comfortable. Based on the information that you have provided to the therapist regarding present concerns, they will apply pressure to specific parts of your hands and feet. This pressure is often applied by the thumb or finger in patterns that help to stretch and stimulate the points being contacted. The reflexology session is gentle and relaxing, and many individuals note that they can actually sense beneficial changes occurring in their body.

While reflexology is broadly viewed as safe, there are some conditions for which it is not recommended. This can include the presence of open sores, burns, wounds, gout, and infections on the hands or feet as well as some other medical conditions. It is advised that anyone suffering from acute or chronic health conditions get doctor approval before receiving any sort of massage therapy, including reflexology.

For more information about the wonderful benefits of reflexology and to schedule your reflexology appointment, contact Botanica Spa today.