What Is Reflexology Benefits Of Reflexology

Reflexology is a bodywork treatment that focuses pressure on the body’s reflex points to promote health and relaxation. The reflex points are located in the hands, feet and outer ears and correspond to specific glands, organs and other body parts.

What Is a Reflexology Chart?

A reflexology chart illustrates the connection between points on the feet and hands, and the corresponding body part. For example, in foot reflexology the heel corresponds with the lower back and intestines; the arch of the foot with the pancreas, liver and kidney; the ball of the foot with the heart and chest; and the tips of the toes with the head. An actual reflexology chart is very detailed, outlining reflex points for everything from the sinuses to the thyroid.

Benefits of Reflexology

Experts believe that the benefits of reflexology result from the pressure applied during treatments, which sends signals through the nervous system as a means of reducing pain and stress. The benefits of reflexology are numerous and can include relief from:

  • Digestive disorders
  • Hormonal imbalances
  • Menstrual disorders like PMS
  • Pain and associated conditions such as arthritis
  • Stress
  • Tension headaches.

Foot Reflexology Session

Most reflexology treatments last from 45 minutes to one hour. Before getting started with a foot reflexology session, a reflexologist will gather information about your current lifestyle and overall health. After removing your shoes and socks, the reflexologist will evaluate your feet and begin stimulating areas of the foot to locate any spots that are tight or tender. Practitioners generally perform a “dry” reflexology massage, without oils or lotions, and work the entirety of both feet.

For the most part, hand or foot reflexology treatment is relaxing. It should not be painful. If a client experiences any discomfort during the treatment, the therapist will make adjustments in order to work within the client’s comfort zone. Soreness and tenderness lessen when the appropriate pressure is applied.

Reflexology should be used as a complement to, not as a replacement for, traditional medical care.

Resources

Kunz, B. and Kunz, K. (2009). What is reflexology? Retrieved March 7, 2011, from http://www.reflexology-research.com/whatis.htm

DeanColeman.com. (2007). What is reflexology? Retrieved March 7, 2011, from http://www.deancoleman.com/reflexology.htm