If You Read One Article about Reflexology Massage Read this One

Written by Julieta Hernandez , Posted in Articles, Massage, Reflexology

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Some people believe reflexology is simply a fantastic foot massage, but it actually goes far beyond making simply your feet feel great. Reflexology uses pressure applied to specific points on the body, mainly the feet, ears and hands, to stimulate activity in the body’s organs to improve their function and overall general health. While it is not a cure for illness, it is a time-tested complementary treatment that can help with disorders such as anxiety, asthma, cancer treatment, diabetes and headaches.

What is Reflexology Massage?
Reflexologists receive extensive training to learn where the various pressure points are in the feet, hands and ears. This allows them to apply the appropriate pressure to these points to stimulate organ activity or to decrease stress. Using reflexology maps, practitioners employ specific “micro-movements” to obtain the appropriate response within the body, stimulating the nervous system and promote healing.

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Theory of Reflexology Massage
In a nutshell, the idea behind reflexology is that it relieves stress, which helps the body heal itself. In the 1890s, two British researchers began to show a neurological correlation between the skin and the body’s internal organs. For example, when pressure is applied to specific areas on the feet, hands or ears, a message of calm is sent to the nervous system, which tells the body to reduce the stress in that area. This adjustment brings a state of equilibrium to the body, and improves overall well-being.
Each person’s body contains “vital energy,” which is affected by stress. When this vital energy is blocked, the body cannot function properly. Reflexology focuses on this energy, called Qi, to keep it flowing and maintaining optimal wellness.

Generally speaking, the left foot corresponds to the left side of the body and all the organs found on that side, including the heart and spleen, while the right side corresponds to the organs on the right, such as the liver and gall bladder.

Benefits of Reflexology Massage
The benefits of reflexology are numerous; these are just a few!
• Relaxation
• Pain reduction for individuals of all ages and health conditions
• Improved blood flow to feet, brain, kidneys and intestines
• Improved recovery after surgery, reducing the need for pain medication
• Decreased blood pressure
• Decreased anxiety and depression

Reflexology Techniques
Reflexology techniques tend to fall into two camps: Eastern and Western. Reflexology originated as part of Asian medicine. The Rwo Shur method is practiced in Asia and uses a combination of thumb-sliding and pressure from the knuckles. Occasionally, small wooden sticks are used for pressure. Firm pressure is used to stimulate Qi for healing.

The Ingham Method is used primarily in the West and was developed in the US in the 1930s. This method uses “thumb walking,” which uses the thumb or finger as it bends and straightens while keeping consistent pressure on the specific area. This method focuses on relaxing and balancing the body.

Reflexology Massage Salt Lake City, Utah
People interested in discovering the benefits of reflexology near downtown Salt Lake City, Utah should be sure they see a trained reflexologist. You can start by contacting Matrix Spa & Massage at 801-799-4999. We look forward to meeting you!

Julieta Hernandez

Julieta is the owner of Matrix Spa & Massage in Salt Lake City, UT. She and her staff pride themselves on providing the best massages in a truly comfortable and relaxed environment.

Massage Therapy FAQ’s

The law always requires that you be appropriately covered with sheets or towels to keep you comfortable and warm. If you start feeling uncomfortable or exposed, speak up. Your therapist will respect your wishes and work with you to make the massage session a comfortable one.
No, only undress as much as you are comfortable with. Some people prefer undressing completely, while others prefer to keep undergarments on. You'll have privacy in your massage room to undress before the session and redress afterwards.
How often you should get a massage depends on your massage therapy goals. Some people get a monthly massage to manage stress or to prevent health problems. Others opt for weekly sessions if they need relief from injuries and chronic tension.
Licensing and certification mean that the massage therapist can legally practice massage in your city or state. To get this license, they must have performed several hours of training at an accredited school, passed the extensive licensure exam, and have paid any relevant licensing fees.
How much depends on how pleased you are with the service and how much the massage costs (the full price, not any discounted fees). One easy trick is to think about how you would tip a waiter after a similarly priced restaurant meal. This is often 15-20% or more if you received exceptional service.
Let your massage therapist know before the session if there are areas on your body that you don't want touched. They will have the training and experience to give you a therapeutic massage while working around ticklish or sensitive places like your feet or abdomen.
Yes, absolutely. You should always speak up if something is uncomfortable. Secondly, keep the lines of communication open during deep tissue massage or sports injury massages. Your therapist needs the feedback to work on you properly and without aggravating an injury.
 
On the other hand, if you are looking for relaxation, it's often best not to talk unless necessary. This lets your mind as well as your body release tension. With the right mindful breathing technique, you may even achieve a stress relieving meditative state during the massage.
Most likely, unless your doctor says otherwise. Prenatal massage can reduce and relieve common pregnancy issues like lower and upper back pain, sciatic nerve irritation, swelling, tension headaches, heartburn and constipation, and more. Let your massage therapist know that you're pregnant so they can use the right techniques during the session.
If you’re used to Swedish massages, it’s definitely going to feel a little rougher. However, you should always communicate with your massage therapist if the pressure is too much. If you’re tensing up and muscle guarding during a deep tissue massage, the benefits of the massage may be lessened.
It’s important to be realistic about what one deep tissue massage can achieve. Many people want just one session to get rid of all the tension they’ve built up in their body over decades. They ask for more pressure, thinking that if the therapist just pushes hard enough, all their knots will go away after an hour. They won’t. It’s going to take a few sessions for the best results, based on your body and lifestyle, and increasing the pressure a masseuse uses doesn’t necessarily help. Your problems likely amassed over a lifetime of strain, stress and poor posture. If you have chronic problems, it will probably take a combination of massage, exercise and relaxation techniques to stem the problem.

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