Though its name is not indicative of the technique, Reflexology is a therapy that focuses on massage and pressure at certain spots of the hands and feet to relieve body discomfort. Introduced to the US in 1913 by an ear, nose and throat MD, Reflexology was later modified by a nurse and physiotherapist. The technique is practiced widely in Denmark with over 20% of the population having had it at some point in their lives. Though evidence regarding its treatment of medical conditions is inconclusive, many patients find that the technique makes them feel better.
As practiced by many, Reflexology sees the hands and feet as microcosms of the human body. For example, the area above the heel on the inside of the bottom of the foot represents the digestive system. If a patient is having digestive problems, the reflexologist might massage and put pressure on that part of the feet. Similarly, the head and brain are on the inside tip of the thumb so a therapist using the hands as the treatment platform might palpate that section of the thumbs for headaches.
If you want to see a reflexologist, you can ask around for a recommended therapist or you can make an appointment at Massage Envy Spa, a national company with over 1,000 locations. Their massage therapists are certified in their fields and the massage center is clean, comfortable and professionally staffed.
Some massage clients are reluctant to have another person touch their back, torso, neck or legs. They are more comfortable with a therapy applied on their hands or feet. You might visit a Massage Envy Spa to have reflexology performed. Once you feel comfortable with the approach and with a practitioner, it could be easier to try a different type of massage on your back.
Reflexology is good on its own and as an entry into other forms of massage.