Reflexology is an ancient practice that is still a favorite up to this day. For 4,000 years, it has provided comfort and pain relief for many people who have been suffering from different pains and aches especially in the absence of modern medicine before. But now, there are still ailments that medicine can’t always cure and people turn to alternative practices like reflexology because it has worked for years and there is no harm trying something that many people swear by, right?
If you are new to reflexology, though, you may have a lot of questions especially that it is not really a part of mainstream medicine. In essence, this form of alternative treatment uses gentle pressure from the thumb and fingers on specific reflex points on the hands and the feet since they connect to the different body systems and organs through the nerve endings. These zone reflexes are determined with the help of reflex zone therapy and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).
It is already common knowledge that reflexology is good for the health unless it is contraindicated like when you have open wounds on your hands and feet, have clots due to a vascular disease, or is a pregnant woman. Overall, you have everything to gain from this treatment. You will feel relieved of whatever ache you are suffering from after each session and you’d feel energized too and be able to sleep better.
What to expect during your first reflexology session?
You will undergo a brief health history check. The practitioner will ask you whether you have existing health conditions that may be contraindicated with reflexology. If you turn out to be a good candidate for this treatment, the practitioner will explain what reflexology is to you such as how it works and its benefits. It is the best time to ask questions especially if there are still some aspects of reflexology that you do not yet completely understand.
Depending on your illness, the practitioner will determine whether it is best to work on your ears, hands, or feet once the session starts. If needed, it may require all three body parts for best results. You will be asked to sit or recline if the practitioner decides to work on your feet. All you need to remove are your shoes and socks and you’ll stay fully clothed, a foot wash may be done depending on the practitioner’s preference or if there is a need for it. The session takes 30 minutes to an hour at most and you can even sleep if you want to and not miss out on the benefits offered by reflexology.
The session often begins with the practitioners applying gentle pressure from your toes all the way to your feet using a variety of techniques but most importantly, the focus in on the specific point where the organ or system is found that corresponds to your health condition.
A reflexologist is not a doctor who can make your pain or illness go away. What they do is to bring balance into the body in order for the pain to gradually disappear. Any strain or tightness in the feet will encourage the practitioner to apply more pressure to improve circulation and achieve a sense of balance that is crucial for optimal health. To check if the pain is really gone, the practitioner will likely good back to the problem area before ending the session.
For most people, they feel tingly or a certain lightness or feelings of warmth from the treatment. One can feel the energy moving from the part of the feet manipulated by the practitioner to the particular body organ or system it is supposed to correspond to.
How often you have reflexology sessions is determined by the practitioner and depends on your need for it. Those new to reflexology often start with once a week treatment for 6-8 weeks. A once monthly treatment follows that can serve as your maintenance session to keep on benefiting from this ancient but still widely practiced treatment.