What is Reflexology?
Reflexology uses pressure on specific points on feet, hands and ears, generally without the use of oil or lotions.
The practitioner uses her hands to perform massage techniques on reflex points that are believed to link to every part of the body. This is also known as zone therapy and the purpose is to improve health. The reflexologist aims to keep energy flowing smoothly throughout the body.
There are several theories about why reflexology seems to improve health and increase relaxation.
There are several benefits that either have been reported by recipients of reflexology or that have some less subjective evidence to support them.
- Boost fertility
- Clear sinuses
- Immune enhancement
- Improved digestion
- Mood enhancement
- Reduction of arthritis pain
- Reduction of numbness from peripheral neuropathy
- Reduction of pain
- Reduction of PMS symptoms
- Reduction of stress and anxiety
- Relief from back pain
- Shorten illnesses
Reflexology is not considered in the medical field to be an effective treatment for any medical condition, but it does likely offer the same kind of benefits offered by massage.
The American Reflexology Certification Board requires massage therapists to complete an additional 110 hours of study to be licensed as a Reflexologist. Individual states set their own requirements for licenses of all kinds, so you are likely to get conflicting information unless you check the laws and regulations in your particular state. In some states, you would not need to be a Massage Therapist in order to practice Reflexology.