Reflexology: Why Try It?

Reflexology: Why Try It?


Stress is like a bounty hunter. If you don’t do something to get rid of it, it will follow you wherever you go until you have to lose it in a high-speed car chase. Luckily, when it comes to stress, there are easier ways to shake your tail, such as gyms, yoga studios, and massage tables. But one method you might not have tried is reflexology. Reflexology is a touch therapy where trained technicians manipulate pressure points on your feet, hands, and outer ears. During a session, you lie down fully clothed– in a wellness center setting or a more relaxed spa atmosphere– while reflexologists rub, knead, and squeeze pressure points. Their goal is to improve the flow of energy inside your body, by stimulating nerves and encouraging bloodflow. You may have heard reflexology referred to as “zone therapy,” that’s because it’s based on the idea that the human body is broken up into 10 vertical zones. Each pressure point corresponds to an organ, joint, or body tissue in the same zone. Sensitivity or soreness in a pressure point signals to the reflexologist that there is an imbalance in the corresponding zone. Imbalances could manifest in a variety of ways including tension headaches, trouble sleeping, and indigestion. Manipulating pressure points is thought to have a healing effect, but even if you don’t buy into the concept of energy zones, a reflexology treatment will provide you with all of the benefits associated with massage: increased circulation, relieved muscle tension, and decreased stress.

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