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