Is Reflexology the same as Massage, Acupuncture, or Acupressure?
Reflexology is not the same as massage, which involves tissue and muscle therapy to promote relaxation. It is similar in some respects to Acupuncture, Acupressure and Shiatsu in their use of reflexes or meridians that relate to the glands, organs and parts of the body. However Reflexology focuses on relaxation of those reflexes to reduce stress and tension. Reflexology is administered by using thumb and finger pressure to specific points on the feet.
What are the benefits of Reflexology?
Reflexology primarily eases and releases mental and physical stress and tension, which in turn can improve blood circulation, encourage lymphatic drainage, assist in the elimination of toxins, stimulate nerve pathways, relax muscles and strengthen the immune system. It enables the body’s natural healing processes to promote wellness.
Can Reflexology make a condition worse?
No. Reflexology is a non-invasive natural therapy that relaxes the body and is essentially harmless. On rare occasions, release of toxins as a result of the body’s natural healing process may result in symptoms such as perspiration, nausea or headaches. However these symptoms are not directly related to reflexology, and are temporary and not serious.
Who can benefit from Reflexology sessions?
Everyone can benefit from Reflexology treatments. You do not have to have an illness to have Reflexology. Clients who want to alleviate stress can benefit from Reflexology. All ages can benefit from Reflexology, including infants and children. We have had clients as young as three months old to people in their 90’s seeking our services.
To make the most of a Reflexology session it is advisable to avoid strenuous activities for 24 hours. This allows the body to integrate the benefits of the treatment while encouraging and prolonging the rest and relax mode which the body was adjusted to during the treatment itself.