Reflexology is NOT a Foot Massage

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Maybe you’ve been curious about reflexology for a while, but don’t quite understand what it’s all about. It can also be easy to quickly assume that reflexology is just another foot or hand massage. However, this couldn’t be farther from the truth.

In this article, we’re going to dive into exactly what reflexology involves, how it differs from a foot massage, and the benefits you can expect to receive from a reflexology session. 

What is Reflexology?

Reflexology involves the application of pressure to different areas of the feet, hands and ears. Where this pressure is applied depends on the area you’re looking to target. Certain areas of the feet are associated with different organs and body systems. In fact, when pressure is applied to a certain part of the hands, ears or feet, it is expected to help relax and heal associated body parts or systems.

Reflexology is rooted in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Similar to other types of Traditional Chinese Medicine, reflexology aims to re-establish balance to the energy that flows within the body. However, there is more recent scientific evidence behind these ancient practices.

In the late 1800s, scientists uncovered that nerves link the skin and the internal organs. Further, it was discovered that touch actually impacted the entire nervous system of the body. This is exactly how reflexology is thought to help alleviate pain and discomforts. In fact, the human foot is thought to have over 7000 nerve endings.

Most reflexologists use a reflexology chart of the feet to determine what areas to apply pressure to that will help a certain organ or system in the body. The same also goes for the hands. These reflexology charts help determine the best way to address your issues or pain.

How It Differs From a Foot Massage

Unlike reflexology, a foot massage aims to address issues within the soft tissues of the feet, such as plantar fasciitis or other causes of heel or foot pain. Meanwhile, foot reflexology and hand reflexology strives to use the feet, hands, and ears as a way to interact with organs and systems deep within the body and help them relax and rebalance. 

For instance, research has found reflexology to help ease anxiety in those undergoing heart surgery. Yet, there are many more benefits than this when it comes to reflexology. Keep reading to find out!

The Benefits

Is reflexology right for you? What can you expect from foot reflexology?

  1. Relaxation
    Since reflexology is thought to act on the nervous system, it can help relax your entire body by switching the nervous system to the ‘rest-and-digest’ mode. You may feel a wave of calm spread across your body as you undergo a reflexology session.
  2. Enhanced Neural Function
    As we age, nerve endings actually become less sensitive — especially on our extremities. By using these pathways to promote relaxation and decreased discomfort, the functionality of these neural pathways is also improved. This weighs into the whole idea of ‘if you don’t use it, you lose it.’ By keeping these pathways active, you can improve your overall health.
  3. Improved Blood Circulation
    Reflexology can also contribute to increased blood circulation, helping parts of your body receive vital nutrients and oxygen that they need to function as they should.
  4. Decreased Discomfort
    Reflexology can help when it comes to various conditions, including anxiety, cancer treatment, asthma, diabetes, PMS, headaches, sinus issues and more.

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