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What is reflexology massage ?


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What is reflexology massage?

I first discovered about reflexology in Switzerland as I was fourteen.  It was in the early eighties. Reflexology massage was already well known in that county. In France it became later a very popular massage technique.

what is reflexology massage

Reflexology is the art of healing by touching and stimulating specific areas of the body. It is a form of massage particularly known for its therapeutic virtues, both physical and psychological. It is based on restoring body's balance by acting on strategic points qualified as reflex zones. The therapeutic results can be miraculous!

It also focuses on different parts of the body: foot, hand, facial, energetic and auricular reflexology.

With my husband, we practice only foot reflexology.

Origins of reflexology massage

With regard to the the basis of reflexology massage, ancient writings and illustrations tend to locate the first practices in Antiquity. The method was then practiced in China and in Egypt, including in particular foot reflexology.

In Western countries, the first traces of reflexology date back to the 16th century.

Two doctors made particular mention of themselves at the time, Dr. Atatis and Dr. Adamus, thanks to their publication on the subject in 1582.

Four centuries later, it was another doctor who introduced reflexology when he discovered that pressure on certain parts of his patients' bodies led to a reduction in pain.

While looking for a method of anesthesia, the doctor William Fitzgerald led to the development of a modern reflexology theory in 1913.

Its premise is based on a division of the human body into ten energetic points, these points being connected to specific internal parts of the body.

Then, his assistant, Eunice Ingham, will truly develop the reflexology technique, the one we practice today.

The physiotherapist also set up the first reflexology school, which still provides training throughout the world.

What is reflexology massage ?

Reflexology is a manual method classified in the category of non-conventional medical practices. A particular form of massage, it is based on the theory that a specific point located on the hands, ears or feet is linked to organs or a physiological function of the human body. A studied massage or a precise support on these bitter points would help to localize tensions and restore the body's balance.

Reflexologists thus suggest that their practice activates the body's self-healing potential. The stimulation of specific areas acting on the physiological function then makes it possible to restore its balance, thereby stimulating healing.

Similar to shiatsu massage therapy, the method integrates a general approach to the body through manual contact. Far from claiming to cure specific diseases, reflexology aims to bring total relaxation by unravelling areas of tension, or by restoring balance when an organ works more than necessary.

This hyper function is generally recognized by a reflex zone painful to the touch, referring to the organ in question. Reflexology therefore aims to relieve many conditions such as respiratory disorders, headaches, intestinal problems, stress and also contributes to the treatment of certain mental disorders.

The reflex points are listed from head to toe. However, foot reflexology is the most common form of foot reflexology.

In addition, the therapeutic virtues of reflexology are multiple. It is particularly known to:

  1. relieve headaches, back pain and premenstrual pain
  2. treat intestinal problems such as constipation
  3. treat mental disorders by relieving stress and anxiety and building self-confidence.

Reflexology is not dangerous. However, it is recommended to take certain precautions for pregnant women and especially during the first three months of pregnancy. Similarly, caution should be exercised when dealing with people with cancer or diabetes.

Important: in case of heart, circulatory and lymphatic system problems, the practice of reflexology requires the support or advice of a doctor.

As a source of absolute well-being, foot reflexology has the ability to act at a distance to overcome various ailments and disorders that can affect the organs. It particularly attracts the enthusiasm of alternative medicine practitioners.

Foot reflexology offers a wealth of possibilities for curing the body's various ailments. The pain felt in this part of the body most often reflects the tensions experienced by certain organs. Thanks to the different reflex zones, the location of the affected parts becomes easier and the treatment more effective.

Foot reflexology is based on pressure applied to specific areas of the foot, including the arch of the foot. Thousands of years old in China, it was also practiced in ancient Egypt, as evidenced by some photographic representations on papyrus.


In addition, a foot reflexology session generally follows the same process:

  1. The patient can lie down or sit down.
  2. The practitioner then takes turns taking his feet for a general touch.
  3. In doing so, the reflexologist already identifies the knotted points and is informed about any possible problems or dysfunctions of the organs.
  4. The sensations that inform him about a particular problem can result in the presence of tense and resistant tissues informing him of a nervous stiffness. When he feels, for example, like crystals under his pressure, it shows that an organism is not functioning properly.
  5. After this "reading" of the foot, the practitioner massages and stimulates the appropriate reflex points by applying varying degrees of pressure depending on the desired effect. A relatively strong pressure thus allows the nodes and tensions to be untied, while a relaxed pressure will aim to reactivate the energy flow by unblocking it.

As for the results, performance varies according to the state of the subject and the age of the ailments treated. The more time they have been present for a certain period of time, the more sessions and time will be needed to relieve them.

Nevertheless, a single session should be enough to eliminate stress fatigue and tension.

foot reflexology chart

Foot reflexology chart show that the stimulation of the points of this part of the body exerts at the same time an action on the organ to which they are attached.

Reflexology benefits

The benefits of foot reflexology on the body are thus multiple:

  1. it promotes well-being and to maintain good health
  2. improve blood circulation
  3. strengthen failing parts of the body
  4. restore order throughout the body both physically and mentally by removing excess energy
  5. it relieves various tensions
  6. stops blood circulation problems or sleep disorders
  7. relieves stress
  8. prevent certain diseases
  9. relieve pain
  10. it harmonizes vital functions and eliminates toxins

However, foot reflexology is prohibited in the event of traumas or infectious foot injuries.

Some precautions should also be taken in the event of heart problems or circulatory disorders.

Pregnant women under three months of age should not use foot reflexology.

Length of time

It takes between one hour and one and a half hours for a foot reflexology session. Everything depends of course on the type of massage (feet, hands...), but also on the needs and expectations of the person being massaged.

Recommendations for action

The feeling of well-being and relaxation felt after a reflexology session can be reinforced and prolonged by a hot bath. In any case, it is advisable to schedule the session at the end of the day or in a moment of free time, to be able to fully enjoy this feeling of fullness and calmness. In addition, it is recommended to inform your practitioner of a possible pregnancy, recent surgery or treatment.

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