What is Reflexology?

Following is a feet chart or feet map to show how different points in feet correspond to different organs. If you were to have constantly experience acute pain on specific part of your foot sole during massage, do visit a doctor.

Reflexology is considered to be an ancient healing art of massage. It is very simple as it applies pressure to specific reflex points of the feet. The term is taken in sense of foot massage but it is different from that as oil or lotion is not used in it. Experts use maps of feet and hands in order to know which body systems correspond with other.

For example, left foot corresponds to organs on the left side whereas right side of the foot corresponds to right side of body. It can be deeply relaxing for those suffering from ankle injuries, everyday work or play.

One should let the therapist know about his/her pain levels. If you frequent the reflexology shop, you will remember they check pressure with you at the start of the foot massage session. Reflexology is the first in Singapore to catch the wellness bug. It is affordable, mostly under $30 per session of 30-60minutes session. By frequent sessions of this therapy you will feel healthy and more energised.

Origin of Reflexology

Reflexology was a common healing treatment practiced 5,000 years ago in ancient Asia and Middle Eastern cultures. Some practices have been found in histories of Egypt and China. It was basically introduced by William H. Fitzgerald (an ear, throat, nose specialist). He studied that pressure on feet or hands affects various parts of body.

Later, reflexology was modified by E.D. Ingham (a physiotherapist) that feet are sensitive and mapped the entire body into ‘reflexes’ on the feet renaming ‘zone therapy’ to ‘reflexology’.

Important Reflexology Points to Note

There are some important points regarding reflexology to be kept in mind. Have a look on them:

  • Always do the whole treatment, while doing reflexology. It is important to do it on entire area rather than on some specific points.
  • Ill people can be very sensitive and have low pain tolerance so they should have this therapy for only 20-30 minutes.
  • Oil or creams have very effective impact on skin so therapist must use them during the massage.
  • It is recommended that talcum powder is best for reflexology so one must apply it on hands and feet.
  • It is best to start reflexology from feet as it gives quick results.
  • Normal reflexology sessions should last about 45 minutes.
  • A diabetic patient should test his or her blood pressure before and after the session because it can severely rise or drop during this therapy session.
  • Client should sit or lay down with comfort to get the most benefit of a massage session. The reflexologist will be happier and more satisfied to work on a relaxed client.

Benefits of Reflexology

  • Reflexology creates relaxation as reflexology expert uses his or her hands for work
  • Reflexology reduces pain.
  • Reflexology is considered to be in concern with almost 80 health issues among patients of all ages.
  • Reflexology improves blood flow in feet, kidney, brain and intestine.
  • Reflexology aids in a pateint’s recovery after surgery as it reduces pain.
  • Reflexology has a significant impact on physiological measures.
  • Helps in curing neuropathy patients.
  • Reflexology helps to reduce and alleviate depresison, as well as lift the mood without any pills or medicine
  • Helps to aid cancer patients as reflexology is like an exercise to help people improve blood circulation, which is important for good health.
  • Promotes ease in pregnancy, delivery and post-partum effects and has positive effects on urination.

Many families tend to lack activities that they can do together to spice up their lives as a family. Most people find themselves engaging in the same old activities that they are used to such as board games, drinking, movies etc. The core purpose of a family engaging in all these activities is to bond and have fun collectively as a lovely family. This activities are fun but they are not all-round engaging for a family and most of the times only seem to be effective when we are carrying them out with a bunch of friends. Most people anyway tend to forget about the most important activity that can bring them together as a family and is more engaging for the whole family, that is  –  BODY MASSAGE.

Body massage is a very important activity to engage as a family and the best thing about this practice is that apart from being a fun activity, it helps in many other areas of life to the family members. Body massage has the following pros.

Relieving Stress

Massage helps in relieving stress. Massage lowers the levels of body cortisol, a stress hormone, and increases the production of serotonin and dopamine, feel-good hormones. If any of your family members is undergoing hard times, massage, is therefore, a useful tool in helping them relieve their stress and clear their head. The soft touches of massage are very relaxing and will make you feel good mentally and treat all kinds of stress caused by either anxiety or depression.


Treating Back Pains, Shoulder Aches & Tired Legs

Massage is a very effective treatment for relieving back pains and research has pointed out that it even works better than other therapies such as spinal modification or acupuncture. Next time you have back pains or any other body aches try out body massage and you are rest assured of pain relieve in a short course. A research in the Annals of Internal Medicine proved that massage reduces the use of painkillers by 37%. So next time  you think of visiting a chemist to buy those painkillers think of a better option, body massage.


Increases Flexibility

Massage also increases flexibility by working out your body muscles, tendons, connective tissues and also trigger the production of natural lubricants between the connective tissue fibre. Staying flexible is a key factor to any person at any given age and therefore massage is the best way to bring your family together in an activity that will help all of you in keeping fit.


Lower Blood Pressure

People with prehypertension will also find body massage very helpful to them. Body massage lowers blood pressure according to several studies carried out across patients. IT is therefore important for your family to learn this important skill of muscle therapy. Apart from lowering the blood pressure, therapeutic massage also helps in improving stability.


Boosts Immunity

Massage gives body immune system a boost by aiding in increasing the level of activity of natural killer T cells, which fights tumors and viruses. Full body massage enhances immune function of women fighting breast cancer and also improves the immune system of unborn infants.

It is therefore very important that your family learns the skills of body massage. This way you will have something that will bring and bond you together for a good course.

Imagine each and every member of your family possessing this powerful and important skill. It’s like having doctors living together under the same roof taking care of each other.
Make it a duty to introduce all your family members and friends to the life spicing up activity that will bond you together as a family and you will not have to constant worry about all the problems listed above as you will have the solutions in your family’s magical hands. The best thing about this activity is that you can perform it either indoors or outdoors and you only need to be two to carry out this activity.

Getting massage can do you all those goods mentioned above, but getting it from a person who really care and love is a very sensational moment that everyone deserves to experience on a regular basis.

Acquiring this bodywork skill and massage will be your favourite activity to do any day, anytime. Good luck.