Reflexology is an alternative medicine technique that involves reflexes and reflex points in the feet. The reflexologist will use their hands to massage your foot, and it has been found to be very effective for healing a variety of ailments such as headaches, sinus problems, etc. It’s a little unclear for some whether or not reflexology is “alternative” because some people consider it mainstream while others believe that it should be classified as alternative. We’ll explore this topic more closely in this blog post!
Reflexology is an alternative medicine
First of all, reflexology is not an accepted medical treatment by the American Medical Association, but it is widely accepted and supported by research.
Example: Effects of Reflexology on Pain in Patients With Fibromyalgia
… Patients’ mean pain intensity scores were reduced by reflexology, and this decrease improved progressively in the first and sixth weeks of the intervention.
The results of this study implied that the inclusion of reflexology in the routine care of patients with fibromyalgia could provide nurses with an effective practice for reducing pain intensity in these patients.Akin Korhan et al.
What is reflexology?
Reflexology is a natural form of alternative medicine that can boost the body’s own abilities to heal itself through stimulation of reflex points on (typically) the feet with specific pressure or manipulation using hands, fingers, or tools.
What can reflexology do?
The following are some of the most common benefits of reflexology:
- better sleep
- less stress
- less pain
- hormonal stabilizing
- more energy
- bost immune system
How much does reflexology cost?
The price varies from therapist to therapist, but you can expect to pay anywhere from $40-90 for a 1-hour session, or $30-50 for a 30-minute session.
Check if your reflexology therapists have a license
Reflexologists are often unlicensed and untrained in other areas like anatomy or clinical medicine so it can be difficult to know if they’re qualified to provide a professional service. If you have any questions about what qualifications your reflexologist has – ask them.
The Reflexology Association of America encourages but does not require, professional members, to acquire national certification from an independent, non-profit agency that meets the criteria set by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCAA) and the National Organization for Competency Assurance (NOCA).
The Reflexology Association of America (RAA)
Find your professional reflexologist here: Reflexology-USA.com
The Reflexology Association of America (RAA) is a nonprofit organization that promotes the scientific and professional advancement of reflexology. The organization’s mission is to elevate and standardize the quality of reflexology services and education available to the public.Reflexology-USA.com
Is reflexology covered by health insurance?
Reflexology is covered by most health insurance plans in some capacity. It’s usually considered necessary for reflexology to be covered if a medical doctor prescribes it.
If you want reflexology coverage under your company wellness program – ask them!
What are the disadvantages of reflexology?
Some people feel discomfort after reflexology but this is not a common occurrence.
– For reflexology to feel productive, it requires a lot of pressure from the reflexologist’s thumbs and fingers on your feet. This can sometimes lead to discomfort if reflexology is done improperly.
– the most commonly reported symptom after reflexology treatment is fatigue or lethargy in some people which has been attributed to reflexology improving blood circulation in the body.
How to do reflexology on yourself
The easiest kind of reflexology for self-treatment is hand reflexology:
Hand reflexology is an ancient technique to stimulate and improve the energy flow in your body. It can be performed with either one or two hands, but it’s best if you use both of them simultaneously for maximum benefit.
How To Do Hand Reflexology On Yourself
Here are some tips on how you can do hand reflexology by yourself!
First, find a comfortable position that is free from any interruptions in order to maximize the benefits of your self-treatment session.
Next, take both hands and rub them together until they feel warm enough so that you don’t tickle or irritate the skin with cold fingers while doing this next step (although it may be beneficial for people who suffer from chronic pain). Separate one hand at a time into what looks like an open palm shape as if making a gesture of prayer then use thumb pressure points along each side of your four finger pads.
Most asked questions about reflexology
Why do I feel tired after reflexology?
Reﬂexology activates the body’s own healing power, and for some people, this will result in fatigue after treatment. This is temporary and nothing to worry about.
Can you drink alcohol after reflexology?
Avoid alcohol for 24 hours. It will reduce the effectiveness of the treatment.
Can you get a reflexology massage while pregnant?
Yes, it is safe, but you can ask the reflexologist to avoid the reproduction and ovary reflex areas (watch the below video for information about where these are located).