While not really a massage technique but more of its own disciple, reflexology has a strong following. But many massage therapists find that additional reflexology training helps take their career beyond the spa.
Reflexology is usually practiced in conjunction with a more conventional healthcare methods like standard visits to a doctor’s office. The idea behind reflexology is that there are thousands of nerves that are found in the feet. Those nerves are all connected to different parts of the body and affect the body differently. Working with those nerves, mostly in the feet, but also found in the hands and ears, can help the healing process for the ailment with which you’re afflicted and being treated by conventional medicine.
Reflexology will result in the client feeling relaxed and refreshed. It is commonly believed that this method of massage will clear the body of built up toxins, which will leave it cleansed and refreshed when the session is done. During and after the session the client may become very sleepy due to the fact that the cleansing process takes a lot of energy from the body. This is a natural reaction and is not a cause for alarm. The reflexology treatment can help improve circulation and the feeling of balance within the body. Also, as a long-term affect, your immune system may become stronger because of the reduced stress and reduced toxins in your body. You may also have more energy again because of the absence of the stress and toxins that can bring your energy levels down fast.
Reflexologists apply pressure to certain areas of the feet and hands known as reflex zones. These reflex zones correspond to different areas of the body. This can be a powerful tool when it comes to working out knotted, overworked muscles. If those muscles are so tight that conventional massage can do nothing for them, reflexology will be able to open them up and allow them to relax and finally feel some relief.
When starting a reflexology treatment, the reflexologist will sanitize the feet, then apply either a powder or an oil to the feet. Once this has been applied, the reflexology treatment will begin. The client can expect to immediately feel the calming and cleansing effects of the treatment. Areas that are found to have imbalances will be worked with longer to ensure the full relaxation of the treatment. Sometimes, hand reflexology will be practiced along with foot, but the foot is more common.
The supporting evidence for reflexology is strong with few contradictory reports. It is typically known to affect the areas that it claims to. There is some research that claims reflexology will not help chronic lower back pain, but that has been the only negative claim in association with it.
Reflexology is a less common form of stress relief. You need to find a very specialized or diverse sap setting to find reflexology on the menu. However, as more therapists go through reflexology training, the availability of reflexology continues to grow, helping this innovative therapy go mainstream. And as your clients soon discover, reflexology produces a feeling of balance and deep relaxation.
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