Reflexology is a type of therapy that has been gaining momentum in recent years. However, it is no secret that this is an ancient art of foot massage that originated in China hundreds of years ago. According to Chinese traditions, energy runs through the body in channels known as meridians, and massaging specific areas of the body, such as the feet, can help stimulate the meridians to help the energy flow, pretty much like in Shiatsu (read more HERE).
The difference is that Reflexology focuses mostly on the feet, although it also applies pressure to hands and ears,, the reason is because according to it, every part of the foot is connected to a specific area in the body. Therefore, massaging an area in the foot stimulates its corresponding part in the body, which makes a Reflexology massage be regarded as a full body massage, to a certain extent.
Now, in this article we will first take a look at the benefits of Reflexology, and why you should include or think about including Reflexology in your studio, practice, spa or salon. Then, we will give you a few tips of products that you buy or use for a better Reflexology therapy, for example a Reflexology Bolster such as the one in the image below (Buy the Bolster HERE). Let us remind you that we offer Free Shipping on all products.
Benefits of Reflexology
Improved Nerve Function
This is the first and probably one of the most important benefits that Reflexology can bring to patients. Despite Reflexology being considered an alterantive treatment, doctors and other medical experts still use it or suggest it, partly thanks to the effects it has on the nerves.
As the body ages, the nerves lose sensitivity, and in a session of Reflexology, up to 7,000 different nerves can be stimulated. This increases it’s sensitivity, as well as their function and reactivity. It stimulates the neural pathways in the body, allowing the body itself to gain flexibility too.
Nervous System Stimulation
This benefit is closely related to the nerve function, since nerves compose the central nervous system. As the nerves are stimulated, they open or improve the neural pathways in the body. This should come as no surprise, but it is one of the reasons why by massaging a part of the foot, all of a sudden the wrist or other body parts can feel something, either a pain or a reaction.
The reason for this is that the nervous system is being stimulated, speeding up cognitive powers, and boosting physical reactions. This way the brain works better, and so does the body as a result.
With an improved nerve activity, and with a better blood circulation (we will talk about this below), the body reacts positively and actually heals faster. We are not saying Reflexology will work miracles, because it is highly unlikely that it will, but trust us when we say is one of the therapies that can help your clients find healing to pain, injuries and other health issues.
Increased Blood Circulation
This is one of the most obvious benefits. Since Reflexology bases itself in applying pressure to the feet, hands and ears, as well as massaging key points, it improves the blood circulation in the body. The College of Nursing of the National University of Pusan in South Korea published an investigation on how foot reflexology improves blood circulation.
As a result of the improved circulation, the body and other body parts receive more oxygen, which as a result increases healing of organs and body parts (as mentioned in the previous benefit), as well as re-growing damaged cells.
Relaxing The Body
Reflexology helps with circulation and the stimulation of the central nervous system. It is also known that a better neural activity helps the human body feel more relaxed. This results in a better sleep or reduction of sleep disorders, as well as the reduction of stress.
Higher Energy Levels
Once again it is all interconnected, the better energy flow, nervous system stimulation, a more relaxed body, etc. All this leads to higher energy levels for those individuals that consistently receive a Reflexology treatment. And this is another great reason to include it in your practice or as a part of your services.
Gear, Equipment And Accessories For Reflexology
Now that you have learnt about the benefits of reflexology therapy, it is time to elarn what are the accessories and the proper equipment to start performing reflexology with your clients.
Reclining or Adjustable Massage Table
The fist thing is a reclining or an adjustable massage table. This might seem obvious, but you will be surprised how many therapists forget about this. You want to be able to position your client in a comfortable position, so that him or her are preferably in a sitting position. Hence why you want an adjustable back in your massage table.
There are moments in which the client will be lying flat on the table, but normally a reclining position is better.
Great massage tables for Reflexology can be found here:
- Master Massage Samson Salon
- Pisces Productions Pacifica Salon Table
- MT Massage Violet Tilt Table
- Master Massage Coronado Salon Table
- Destiny Portable Massage Table Custom Craftworks
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Please never forget buying a comfortable rolling stool. For Reflexology you will be likely to be massaging the feet for around 45 to 60 minutes. This means that you will have to lower your body o that your hands are at the same height as the feet, or at least that you are in a comfortable position. A chair can get the job done, but moving then to the hands or to reach lotions or accessories, is much better in a stool.
You can fin our collection of massage stools HERE. Some recommended models are:
- Saddle Massage Rolling Stool
- Button Massage Rolling Stool
- PediPodo Rolling Stool
- Master Massage Backrest Rolling Stool
- ProStool by Touch America
This is not a must, but it is certainly an advantage and it has been highly recommended by therapists applying Reflexology. The Reflexology by Custom Craftworks (BUY HERE) is a comfortable and handy piece of equipment that allows the clients to position their feet on a comfortable surface, while you have a much better reach.
This is very subjective as a choice, but some therapists like to use lotions, creams, or oils to use in the feet. Find our collection of Creams, lotions and Oils HERE. Also, having something to clean your hands afterwards, and the right choice of bed sheets or disposable table sheets (find them HERE). Finally, have a relaxing and calming environment, with maybe candles and soothing music.