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Q: What is reflexology?
A: Reflexology is a type of bodywork where the
therapist primarily works on the feet and/or hands. The theory
behind reflexology is that there are "reflex points" on the feet
and hands that relate to structures throughout the body, including
muscles, bones, organs and glands. The premise of reflexology is
that by stimulating those reflex points, through massage
techniques, the benefits will be felt throughout the body.
Reflexology is a popular alternative therapy that promotes
relaxation, improves circulation, reduces pain, soothes tired feet
and encourages overall healing. Receiving reflexology on a regular
basis can produce many benefits, such as decreasing stress and
stress-related conditions; alleviating tension headaches; calming
digestive disorders; relieving back and neck pain; promoting
restful sleep; speeding recovery from injuries; and decreasing pain
from menstrual disorders.
Receiving reflexology shouldn't be painful. If you feel
discomfort, be sure to tell the therapist so he or she can reduce
pressure and work within your comfort zone. Some areas on your feet
and/or hands may be tender, and the reflexologist may spend extra
time on these points. The soreness should decrease with
Reflexology is a great modality to receive by itself or
incorporate into a full-body massage. Why not book an extra
half-hour for your next massage so you can enjoy the added benefits
of receiving this work?
-C.G. Funk, Licensed Massage Therapist and Vice President of
Industry Relations and Product Development for Massage Envy
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