Reflexology Masssage treats your whole body – from pressure points on your hands and feet. It’s more than massage! And reflexes you much more than a massage!
Why You Need a Reflexology Massage
Staying healthy requires controlling emotions, which might not be possible all the time especially for people who have some pre-existing conditions (mental / emotional or physical). Especially dealing with stress today is a major concern – and it requires mental, emotional and physical strength all together.
Massages axes stress – where you give up control and shut everything out and relax you mind and body which gives some space to emotions. But a simple massage is not the complete solution. You need something holistic. And what would be better than a simple massage? – Reflexology Massage.
What does reflexology massage do?
The reflexology massage are known to be effective in reducing tension, stress and help musculo-skeletal system relax. Organs and glands are stimulated, and blood and lymph circulation are improved so that released toxins can be eliminated. This all encourages the body to heal itself.
Reflexology can help you to cope with stress on a physical, mental and emotional level…
So to answer why you need reflexology massage in particular – lets discover –
What is Reflexology and how is it different from massage?
While reflexology might feel like a massage but it is way professional and is heavily backed by sciences in particular the anatomy of your body.
A masseuse would manipulate the muscles and soft tissues to trigger muscle relaxation, improve circulation and relive pain, where as – a reflexologist works on points and areas to stimulate and promote muscles and organs health –
There are “reflex” areas on the feet, hands and ears that correspond to specific organs, glands, and other parts of the body. In other words, the feet form a mini-map of the body where all the body systems can be accessed
By applying pressure to these reflex or pressure points – crystalline deposits and tension relating to corresponding body tissues can be dispersed. Circulation also improves and the natural healthy functioning of the related areas of the body gets a kick-start!
“Negative Energy” also termed as physical toxins gets released from body tissues. These toxins are the ones primarily responsible for mental and emotional setbacks. As these are out – blood either breaks them or flushes them out of your body.
Now the “Positive Energy” or the good and happy hormones are in adequate amount to cheer you up.
So overall Reflexology massage is not just physical and not limited to certain parts. It is a 360 degree process – all working to restore health to the entire being.
How does Reflexology Work? in Detail
Reflexology works by stimulating the reflex areas all over the body but mainly your hands and feet. As mentioned earlier Foot is a map of our entire body, it has over 7000 nerve endings.
Reflexology uses pressure points on feet and hands which are nerve endings to stimulate the corresponding organs and muscles. The process shows results from the first session depending on the ailment and severity.
The effects of the treatment might not last for long initially but it improves and you would start feeling better and better after each session.
Who would benefit from Reflexology Massage?
This treatment has been used to treat variety of ailments. You will see the effects from the first massage as it reduces pain, spasm and stress in muscles by relaxing them and improving blood flow and stimulating the nerve endings.
But if continued over a period of time it has been known to help with many lifestyle diseases and pre-existing conditions which don’t have a cure like allergies, sinus problems, lower back ache, migraine, asthma, arthritis, digestive distress, insomnia and many more.
Disclaimer – Reflexology and Reflexologist cannot claim to diagnose or cure any disease. It remains as an alternate medicine which has helped thousands get through difficult times.
Why does Reflexology Massage hurt so much?
The pain is sign of a congestion or ailment in the reflex corresponding and hence when the pressure is applied on the reflex area it feels sore and hurts.
Usually people wonder why is it hurting so much as they don’t recall pain in that particular region. As the sessions progress and the condition improves the soreness of the muscles reduce. The pain is always kept at bearable limits by the reflexologist and lasts only till the time pressure is applied on it.
If you cannot wait to try – get yourself a foot reflexology massage here!
But if you are interested in a bit of history, then read on… You can carry on with the “treatment” in a few minutes!
What is the origin and history of Reflexology (Massage)?
In ancient times we stimulated these reflexes naturally by walking barefoot over rocks, stones and rough ground, or by using our hands more often to climb, build or work.
In today’s modern world we have lost much of nature’s way of maintaining a balanced and healthy equilibrium. Reflexology helps to restore this balance and promote natural health.
A Bit More of History
Reflexology is both old and new…
Apparently the practice of reflexology is evident in Egypt, North America, Japan, East India, Arabic and Grecian countries as well as in primitive African communities.
We can see the connection between the feet and wellness in the following…
- Buddha’s upturned foot, used to represent his entire being.
- Symbols painted on the soles of the Hindu god, Lord Vishnu.
- Pictographs in Egyptian tombs.
- And the belief of the Cherokee Indians in the significance of the feet connecting the earth and its energies to mankind.
If we look back in the history books we see that ancient healers used various methods to strengthen and balance the energy flow in the body. They understood that energy flows in zones or meridians throughout the body and that these meridians or energy pathways link organs and body parts.
In fact, the Chinese divided the body into meridians and the West only became aware of these teachings as late as the 1900’s.
These energy pathways are the primary basis for reflexology.
Have a look at this book by Samuel Hayes – for an idea on how the “foot map” or feet pressure points work.
Learn more about hand reflexology, foot reflexology, how to read and make a reflexology chart and meridians.
DIY Reflexology Massage
Although a reflexology treatment given by a professional is the ultimate, YOU can learn to give an effective treatment to yourself and your family…
(If I could have my way, I would have my feet pushed and poked everyday!)…
If you are willing and able to devote a bit of time and energy to yourself, by stimulating certain reflex points on the feet you can relieve stress headaches, migraines, muscle tension and sinus problems all by yourself.