What to expect

What to expect during your reflexology appointment

With origins in traditional Chinese medicine, reflexology involves applying pressure to reflex points in the feet, hands, and ears, believed to be connected to specific organs and body systems. This opens energetic pathways along the nerve channels to help restore balance in the body. As a result, your session might cause you to experience feelings of relaxation and warmth, a sense of "lightness" or tingling in the body, or even a physical perception of energy flowing through the body.

Reflexology techniques

A reflexologist can discern which areas require attention when they detect congestion in reflex areas, indicated by "crystal deposits." These manifest as sand-like grains on the reflexes, which indicate uric acid or calcium deposits in the respective part of the body. Reflexology employs five main techniques to break up these deposits and balance the body and nervous system:

  • Thumb walk: This method requires a brief pressure, followed by a short relaxation while maintaining contact with the skin. This helps your therapist locate the blockage in a reflex and dispel it.
  • Circle or rotating: This method requires the application of small circular movements to the reflex point. This pressure breaks down the underlying crystal and stimulates the reflex, kick-starting the body's self-healing process.
  • Hook & backup: This technique requires the therapist to apply vertical pressure to reach deeper reflex points.
  • Pressure: Pressure is applied alongside a few minutes of breathing awareness to calm the body and mind.
  • Pivot-on-a-point: A flexed thumb applies pressure to the reflex point, followed by the gentle rotation of the area. This technique works on the diaphragm, solar plexus area, and adrenal glands.
Reflexology Techniques

Benefits of Reflexology

Despite its ancient origins, reflexology has stood the test of time because of the many health benefits it offers:

1. Relaxation

Helps to open neural pathways and flood the nervous system with neuron activity, producing feelings of calm and relaxation.

2. Improved nerve functions

Opening and clearing the neural pathways helps improve nerves and cells' functionality, which generally lose sensitivity over time.

3. Increased blood circulation

Reflexology can target the heart and related organs, leading to better circulation and lowered blood pressure.

4. Boosted metabolism

Improves the functionality of various organs, leading to a higher metabolism and an increase in energy.

5. Reduced severity of migraines and headaches

Encourages the release of tension in the muscles causing these unpleasant symptoms and allows for stress relief.

6. Decreased discomfort during pregnancy

May decrease labor lengths and postpartum recovery time and reduce the chances of postpartum depression.

Reflexology near me

If you or anyone you know could benefit from the positive effects of reflexology, book your next in-home massage session with Bigtoe. With affordable prices, easy bookings, and sessions entirely designed by you, for you, there's no time like the present to enjoy a reflexology session.


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