Reflexology stimulates reflex areas in the feet and hands, which correspond to all of the glands, organs, and systems of the body. Properly stimulating these reflexes can normalize the body’s natural balance by easing tension and improving nerve function and blood supply.
How does it work? Pressure is applied to the feet, using specific thumb, finger, and hand techniques. Because the feet and hands help set the tension level for the rest of the body, these organs are an easy way to interrupt the stress signal and reset homeostasis, or the body’s equilibrium.
If you’re currently undergoing treatment for any other medical conditions, reflexology will not conflict with these therapies, and will complement any regular health routines. Studies have shown this type of therapeutic massage to help ease symptoms associated with anxiety, depression, diabetes, MS, migraines, and sinusitis.
Practitioners are trained in the reflexology chart, which mirrors a reflection of the body’s systems and functions onto the feet. In practice, reflexology technique is applied to the relevant reflex area(s) to prompt a change in the related part of the body. For example, the middle of the sole of the foot corresponds to the colon, while the ears can be stimulated by pressure to the pinky toes.
Expect the reflexologist’s application of technique to be within your comfort zone: not too heavy and not too light, but at a level within your personal preference. Be sure to communicate this preference to the reflexologist, who will use pressure, stretch, and movement to work methodically through the numerous reflex areas on your feet.
Your therapist can also incorporate massage therapy into your session–you may request this treatment option when booking your appointment.