This is a question that I hear often. Most references to reflexology are referring to foot reflexology, but there is also hand, ear and face reflexology. Also, reflexology is more than just a foot massage so I highly recommend seeing a certified reflexology therapist (in Canada, look for the RCRT designation). Some of the main benefits of reflexology are reduced tension, improved sleep, improved immunity and reductions in stress levels.
Through foot reflexology, points or ‘reflexes’ from all over the body (internal and external) can be identified and affected. By using a combination of massage and acupressure techniques tension can be released, circulation can be increased, and optimal function of the body can be restored. A full understanding of how each of the anatomical and physiological systems work individually and how they communicate together is needed to perform a reflexology treatment. In addition, as a reflexology therapist, I am able to visually assess client’s feet to identify potential reflexes that may be tender or tense. These associated reflexes on the feet indicate parts of the body that are in need of care. For example, tension in the lower back and hip reflexes are very common in clients that are desk workers. By working these reflex areas on the foot, the physical tension the client is feeling in their hips and lower back can be relieved during our treatment.
Daily life creates imbalances, physically, mentally, emotionally – at the end of the day it’s very likely you don’t feel balanced. Reflexology works within the body to rebalance the various systems of the body, including the endocrine (hormones), circulatory, lymphatic, and immune systems to keep you healthy. It’s truly amazing once you understand how complex, intricate and connected the human body is.