What is reflexology?
Reflexology has its origins in acupressure. This ancient therapy was very popular in ancient China. There are also artifacts that suggest that reflexology therapy was also popular in ancient Greece. Modern day reflexology was introduced by Dr. William Fitzgerald in the early 1900s.
What is the principle of reflexology?
According to the principle of reflexology the entire body is divided into ten zones. These zones correspond to various parts of the body such as the head, neck, chest, and digestive system. Each of these zones have corresponding reflexology pressure points. These pressure points are located on the hands, feet, and outer ear. When these pressure points are stimulated, they affect the corresponding reflex zone. For example, pressing the fingertips is said to stimulate the head, and can help to relieve headaches.
Massage Therapy and Reflexology
Reflexologists stimulate the various reflexology pressure points by massaging the reflexology pressure points. During a typical session of reflexology massage therapy, the therapist will first ascertain what your medical problems are. He or she will then stimulate the corresponding reflex zones by pressing the pressure points on your hands, feet, or outer ear. The massaging of these pressure points can be done using the thumb, fingers, or through the use of special reflexology instruments. There are special reflexology charts that show the location of these reflexology pressure points on the body.
What are the benefits of reflexology massage therapy?
Reflexology massage can be used to treat a variety of ailments including asthma, constipation, headaches, sinusitis, and pain and stiffness in the muscles and joints. In addition to treating common ailments, reflexology therapy can also be used to pep the functioning of the body’s vital organs. So even if you are not suffering from any ailments, a relaxing reflexology massage can do you a lot of good.
What are the types of reflexology massage therapy?
The most common form of reflexology massage therapy is the reflexology foot massage. This relaxing massage therapy not only helps to soothe aching feet, it also helps you to de-stress and promotes good health. If you are strapped for time and space, a relaxing reflexology hand massage is also a good option. This massage can be performed anywhere, while you are in office, commuting, or relaxing at home. Ear reflexology is not as popular as the other forms of reflexology because it requires precise application of pressure to the outer ear, due to the small area in which these reflex points are contained. It should only be attempted by an expert reflexologist.
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