Reflexology is a form of therapeutic massage that belongs to the category of holistic medicine. Its basic assumption is that specific points on our feet, hands, face, or ears are closely related to specific parts of our body. Proper manipulation of these points can restore energy balance and stimulate the body’s self-healing processes.
This concept is similar to the ideas behind acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine where the vital energy, called “qi”, is understood as flowing through specific energy channels in the body. In reflexology, each such point has its appropriateness in a specific organ or part of the body, which gives clues to the therapist where he should focus his actions.
Applying reflexology in practice
Various techniques are used to manipulate the reflexology points. The most common are light pressing, stroking, stretching, or gently tapping. Strength and rhythm are adjusted individually, taking into account the patient’s specific needs. During the session, creams or essential oils are often used, which not only facilitate the massage but also have a soothing effect on the patient’s senses thanks to aromatherapy.
When is reflexology massage not recommended?
While reflexology is a valuable addition to traditional treatments, it is not suitable for everyone. Contraindications include:
• Pregnancy, due to possible effects on hormones and uterine contractions
• Injuries, cuts, or skin infections – the need to avoid therapy until they heal
• Infectious diseases such as influenza or hepatitis
• Tendency to thrombosis – It is advisable to consult a doctor before starting therapy
The benefits of reflexology
The main benefit is the reduction of tension and stress. Manipulating reflexology points brings a feeling of deep relaxation, improving well-being. This therapy also improves blood circulation, supports the cardiovascular system, and increases the effectiveness of detoxification processes and lymph flow. It is a support for traditional methods of treatment, helping to relieve pain and various ailments.