Many people relieve stress through reflexology every day without realizing it. They rub a sore spot and thus relieve a temporary imbalance. Or they ask their partner or friend to massage a specific part of their feet. Trained reflexologists use special massage techniques on the feet to relieve tension in the mind and body.
Reflexology is generally understood to be a form of massage that focuses on the hands and feet. The theory behind the approach is that each part of the body is connected to a particular area of the hand or foot, and by massaging an area that is under stress, the reflexologist can bring some relief to the patient. However, reflexology treatment in practice goes beyond simple massage. Practitioners of reflexology need to understand not only the reflex areas of each part of body and the general regions of the foot and hand, but they also need to understand physical indicators of imbalance.
Reflexology Treatment for Stress
Reflexologists can approach stress in a number of different ways. First, general massage of the foot and hand tends to make people relax and help them release tension, connect with their emotions, and break pain cycles. These techniques include:
- Using a closed fist to run up and down the water region of the foot
- Using the knuckle of the pointer finger to massage the heel
- Catching the foot between the palms of the hands and rubbing in a circular motion
- Using the thumb in a caterpillar-type motion to run downward along the backbone reflex area from the side of the big toe to just under the ankle
- Massaging the ball of the foot, the solar plexus (the spot in the center of the foot just under the ball), and the toes
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