Reflexology is more than a glorified foot rub – it can help release tensions that can have an effect on the whole of your body. Here’s how…
A foot massage can feel like heaven if you’ve been on your feet all day. However, reflexology, based on the Chinese principle that certain areas on the soles of your feet correspond to other parts of the body, also aims to improve organ function by massaging those specific areas. For the refloxology therapists who work on our app, your feet are a map to the health of your entire body.
So what can a massage therapist tell?
1) You get migraines
The big toes are pretty important for reflexologists – they’re where the head, brain, pituitary and pineal glands, and upper cervical spine (neck) reflexes are located. The tips of all the little toes coincide with the head, brain, and sinus reflexes (linked to sinus-type headaches), so a good massage therapist will immediately know if these points are ‘congested’ or tense.
2) You’re stressed out
The ball of the foot is said to be associated with fear and anger and reflexologists will focus on this area when trying to alleviate stress. The adrenal gland, the part of the body that springs into action during the ‘fight or flight’ response to danger, is associated with a small pea-shaped area under the ball of the foot, under the big toe. If you’re relaxed, this ‘pea’ feels like a small bag of sand. If you’re not, it may feel like a hard lump.
3) You’ve hurt your knee in the past
Your therapist may sense stiffness on the outer edge of the corresponding foot, where the skin meets the sole. The minute they knead this spot, if your knees are currently sore or you have recurring problems from an old injury, it will feel tender.
4) You suffer from IBS
The area corresponding to the digestive system is located on the bottom in the soft part between ball and the heel, so they’ll guess if this area is tender or congested. It’s also a wonderfully satisfying part of the foot massage, as the arch of the foot is often the part craving TLC after a day pounding the concrete!
5) You’re on your period
Sensitive ‘trigger points’ linked to menstruation may feel tense, hot and sticky to a massage therapist, and sensitive or painful to you if you’re ovulating, or have your period. They’ll pay special attention to the sides of the heel, where the ovary and uterus reflexes are found, to relieve any discomfort associated with your period.
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