Reflexology, also considered “zone therapy”, is a complementary practice that focuses on
adding various amounts of pressure to different points on the hands, ears and feet. This holistic
practice has been used for decades, particularly based on the ancient Chinese belief that each
person has a life force energy known as “qi” (pronounced “chee”). The idea is that when a
person is feeling stressed, anxious, overwhelmed or depressed, their body is blocking qi – and if
it continues to be blocked, more ailments can arise. With the practice of reflexology, it’s been
said that the body can better maintain balance; the reflexologist’s touch sends energy from
certain points of the body to the parts that need it the most.
It Really Works: What Scientific Studies Reveal
Eastern traditions such as yoga, acupuncture and reflexology have only recently made their way
into popular mainstream of Western culture, so it’s not uncommon if you’re feeling a little
skeptical about the effects of these types of services. The good news is that there’s actually
been quite a bit of research done in this field of massage; according to the University of
Minnesota, there was a large review done in 2008 that covered 168 different studies pertaining
to reflexology. Researchers found the following to be solid evidence overall on the case of
- fMRI readings demonstrated an increased blood flow to vital organs, such as the kidneys
- Positive changes were a trend among kidney dialysis patients – with many reporting
- EEG measures revealed decreased blood pressure and anxiety after reflexology sessions
- Reduced pain was noted quite frequently, especially as it relates to AIDS, chest pain,
Just last year, Massage Magazine cited yet another study that reported a significant
improvement for participants who were assigned reflexology – especially in regards to being
able to walk, carry groceries, and climb stairs.
What to Expect When You Add On Reflexology
If you decide to add on reflexology to your massage session, you can expect to remain relaxed
as it’s very non-invasive. Before receiving this service, your therapist may ask you a bit about
your health history – and after determining that it’s a good fit for you, they’ll also be able to
provide more information and answer any questions that you may have. Depending on your
specific health concerns, your therapist may work only on your ears, feet or hands – or all three.
As you’re lying down comfortably on your massage bed, your therapist will begin on one of
these key areas, assessing them and then applying pressure to key points in order to begin the
restorative effects associated.
By the end and for some time afterwards, you may experience some blissful effects such as
reduced stress, increased energy, pain relief, improved sleep and enhanced productivity. Of
course, each person’s experience is unique – but this service could be just what you need for an
added “boost” to your massage.
Bodies in Balance is an exceptional massage therapy practice based in Flagstaff, AZ,
that aims to help clients relieve pain, improve athletic performance, and reduce stress
with high-quality therapeutic bodywork and outstanding customer service. To schedule
your next much-needed massage, call us today at 928-853-5765. With therapists who
have years of experience - and with an emphasis placed on personalized wellness plans -
you’ll have no problem moving forward with a massage therapy regime that will uplift
your mind, body and spirit to new heights.