Foot Reflexology Massage
Reflexology is the application of appropriate pressure to specific points and areas on the feet, hands, or ears.
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Reflexology is an Ancient Eastern practice that goes back 4000 B.C and has been a welcomed complementary therapy for many people. This healing practice is based on the principle that there are reflex points on the feet that correspond to the body’s different organs and glands. So reflexology is more than just a foot massage as its therapeutic effects are vast and helps to achieve balance.
While most people think that reflexology is just another word for foot massage, it is in fact much more than that.
Beyond the feel-good effects of the treatment, the practice and purpose go deeper than the skin and muscles by taking specific reflex points on the foot to induce a healing response in corresponding organs and areas of the body.
HOW DOES MASSAGE THERAPY WORK?
Massage therapy improves circulation by bringing oxygen and other nutrients to body tissues. It relieves muscle tension and pain, increases flexibility and mobility, and helps clear lactic acid and other waste, which reduces pain and stiffness in muscles and joints.
WHY DO PEOPLE GET MASSAGE THERAPY?
People get massage therapy for relaxation or for a variety of health conditions:
WHAT A TYPICAL MASSAGE THERAPY SESSION IS LIKE
A typical massage therapy session is between 60 and 90 minutes. Your massage will begin with a brief consultation and review of symptoms, medical history, and lifestyle.
You will be asked to undress (many people keep their underwear on) while the massage therapist is out of the room, and lie face down under a sheet on a padded massage table.
The massage therapist will make sure that you are ready before entering the room. The massage therapist re-enters the room and will then adjust the face rest and pillows to ensure that you are comfortable and properly positioned. Tell the massage therapist if you are too warm or cold.
The massage therapist uses a light oil or lotion on the skin and begins the massage. A full body massage usually begins on the back and then moves down to the legs. You will then be asked to turn over so you are face up. The massage continues on your arms, legs, neck, and abdomen.
You are underneath the sheet at all times, only the part of the body being treated at any one time is uncovered.
After the massage, the massage therapist leaves the room so you can get changed.
Take your time getting up. If you sit or stand too quickly you may feel lightheaded or dizzy.