Foot reflexology is a method of compression massage whereby the sensitive reflex points at the nerve endings of the feet are worked by thumb acupressure, resulting in a stimulation and toning of the body's circulatory and drainage systems. Each reflex point is thought to link up to a corresponding organ or area of the body, and when a reflex point is particularly sensitive to touch, is an indication of stress and congestion in the corresponding area of the body. By breaking down the congestion at the reflex point, the body is helped to rebalance any disorders.
Specific finger and thumb pressure techniques are used on the feet, lower legs, hands, arms, face and or ears to enable therapists to identify and respond to congestion and imbalances, for example, tightness in the chest reflexes (attributable to stress), sensitivity in the bladder reflexes (possible bladder infection), granular areas in the stomach and colon reflexes (likely constipation) etc.
If the therapeutic reflexologist applies firm pressure technique, this will prevent a 'tickle' sensation. During the session, different sensations may be experienced in certain reflex areas but the treatment should not be painful nor cause discomfort, but should rather be calming and comforting.
There may be a sharp pain, or the feet may feel very sensitive. Sensitivity varies from person to person, and from treatment to treatment. The therapist will adjust the pressure to suit the patient - who should be asked to comment on the sensations that he/she experiences.
Treatments are usually completed using gentle massage techniques which will leave the patient relaxed and soothed, thus enhancing the body’s capacity to utilize its natural healing potential.