What is Reflexology?

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You asked. We answered! For those of you who wanted a brief primer on reflexology, we’ve put together a little article for you to share with anyone interested in learning about this particular holistic treatment. Feel free to leave any questions or comments below!

A complete reflexology session uses many different techniques and includes stimulation of all the points on both feet.  The session generally starts at the toes, and works down to the heel of the foot, then works the areas on the sides and top of the foot.  By working all of the points, the reflexologist addresses internal organs and glands as well as muscle groups, bones, and nerves.

If the reflexologist finds congestion or tightness during the session, they will apply pressure to work on bringing the body back into balance. Often these areas of congestion will present painfully and the reflexologist will  work the painful point to create harmony within the body.  To “release pain” is not the model: the goal is to bring the whole body into balance, and then the pain will subside.  The reflexologist is stimulating the nervous system to do the work, it is not the practitioner who “fixes” the issue.  Throughout the session the practitioner will return to the painful area or point to confirm the pain has been released.

During a reflexology session many people experience a “lightness” or tingling in the body, as well as feelings of warmth, a sense of “opening,” or “energy moving” from the practitioners pressure on the points in the foot to the specific body area or organ. There is often a physical perception of energy flowing through every organ, valve, gland, or muscle, as well as a sense of communication between each body system.  Other reactions during the session range from physical to emotional and may include: perspiration, coughing, laughing, an overwhelming desire to sleep, thirst, and/or muscle contraction.

The number of sessions varies and is determined by the client’s health and reasons for seeking reflexology.  In general, results from reflexology are often subtle and cumulative.  Thus, you are more likely to see greater benefits from regular sessions.  We often recommend 1 session a week for 6-8 weeks to start, followed by “tune up” sessions every 4 weeks.