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What is Reflexology?

What is Reflexology?

 

Reflexology is a type of massage that involves applying different amounts of pressure to the feet, hands, and ears. It’s based on a theory that these body parts are connected to certain organs and body systems. 

 

 ‘iRest full body massage chairs feature foot rollers and air – pressure massage for hands, simulating the techniques used by reflexologists.’

 

 

How does reflexology work?

In traditional Chinese medicine

Reflexology rests on the ancient Chinese belief in “qi”, or “vital energy.” According to this belief, qi flows through each person. When a person feels stressed, their body blocks qi. This can cause an imbalance in the body that leads to illness. Reflexology aims to keep qi flowing through the body, keeping it balanced and disease free. In Chinese medicine, different body parts correspond with different pressure points on the body.

 In Western culture

In the 1890s, British scientists found that nerves connect the skin and internal organs. They also found that the body’s entire nervous system tends to adjust to outside factors, including touch. A reflexologist’s touch may help to calm the central nervous
system, promoting relaxation and reducing stress.

 

What are the benefits of reflexology?

-reduce stress and anxiety
-reduce pain
-lift mood
-improve general well-being