It’s almost 2020, and we’re nearing that magical time of year when we all sit down and earnestly make resolutions for the upcoming twelve months. Some resolutions are easier than others, and we certainly won’t hold it against you if cutting carbs and regularly going to the gym fall by the wayside come March. There are some resolutions, however, that are essential and EASY to keep up because they feel so good for your mind and body. Reflexology is one of them. We want to show you why reflexology massage is essential for a healthy mind and body in 2020. But first, what exactly is reflexology?
What Is Reflexology?
Reflexology is a practice that centers around pressure points in the feet, hands, and ears. These pressure points are connected to areas of the body internally. Applying pressure to points in the feet, hands, and ears can provide healing to the other connected areas of the body. Clients of reflexology have reported a wide range of healing from the treatment, including headache relief, lowered blood pressure, stress relief, improvement in digestion, anxiety relief, and even reduction of PMS symptoms. In short, reflexology is used to heal. There are a few theories as to why it works.
Traditional Chinese medicine teaches that we have vital energy or “qi” flowing through us, and that reflexology can help to keep that qi balanced and healthy. Reflexologists use maps of pressure points to determine where to apply pressure, which then sends healing energy to the places in the body that need it.
British studies in the 1890s found that nerves connect the skin and internal organs, and the nervous system responds to exterior factors such as touch. A reflexology massage can help to calm the nervous system using those external-to-internal connections.
A third reflexology belief is called zone theory. This theory suggests there are ten vertical zones in the body. Each zone contains specific body parts connected to specific fingers and toes.
Regardless of which theory used, the idea is the same: you can receive healing through a particular type of touch that has the express goal of using one part of the body to reach another.
Many studies have shown that reflexology can help with the following:
- Improve circulation throughout the body
- Reduce stress and increase the feeling of relaxation
- Improve the delivery of oxygen and nutrients throughout the body
- Promote balance within the body
When looking for a reflexologist, make sure to confirm their certification by the American Reflexology Certification Board. The ARC Board hosts a very rigorous certification program that is much like a college degree. Take a look at reviews and ask friends for recommendations. You can also ask your doctor for a referral.
What Is a Typical Reflexology Massage Session?
A reflexology session begins with the reflexologist asking you questions about your health and lifestyle. Your answers to these questions will help them customize your session to address your physical and emotional needs. After the initial consultation, you will either sit in a reclining chair or on a massage table. The reflexologist will assess your feet and activate various points to identify areas of tension or tenderness. Then, the reflexologist applies pressure in the areas you need it most. Some areas may be tender or sore, and the reflexologist may spend extra time in these areas, but a reflexology massage shouldn’t be painful. This practice may sound a lot like a regular massage; however, reflexology is its own practice.
Reflexology vs. Foot Massage
There are similarities and differences between reflexology and foot massage that are quite important. Both types of massage reduce stress and help you to relax. A massage therapist is focused more on the bigger picture with more extensive movements. In contrast, a reflexologist focuses on small areas and how they affect what is going on inside you. Both types of treatment are the most effective when you do them regularly. Consider making reflexology a regular part of your schedule to achieve a mind/body balance that is healthy.
Take Charge of Your Self-Care
2020 is the year to take charge of your wellbeing. When you take care of your body and mind, you can take on the challenges facing you each day. We all have physical issues; it’s just part of being an adult. We don’t have to accept them, though. We can explore ways to alleviate those issues with reflexology being top of the list for natural treatments. Contact us at Swiss Clinique today for your appointment!