Reflexology ($90; + $45)
- 60 Minutes:
- 30 Minute Add-on:
Reflexology is the practice of applying pressure to specific areas known as reflex points on the feet and hands utilizing thumb, finger and hand techniques. Reflexology holds that the points correspond to different body organs and systems, and that pressing them has a beneficial effect on the organs and a person’s general health. For example, reflexology holds that a specific spot near the ball of the foot corresponds to the stomach point. When a reflexology practitioner uses thumbs or fingers to apply appropriate pressure to this area, it affects stomach functioning.
Although reflexology is not used to diagnose or cure health disorders, millions of people around the world use it to complement other treatments when addressing conditions like anxiety, asthma, cancer treatment, cardiovascular issues, diabetes, headaches, kidney function, digestive tract disorders, endocrine system disorders, depression, pain, muscular and skeletal issues, PMS, and sinusitis.
In general terms, the benefits of reflexology have to do with the reduction of stress. Because the feet and hands help set the tension level for the rest of the body, they are an easy way to interrupt the stress signal and reset homeostasis, the body’s equilibrium.
Reflexology sessions last from 20 minutes to an hour. The client sits in a reclining chair placing the feet conveniently for the reflexologist’s work. The reflexologist use pressure, stretch and movement to work through the foot methodically. Technique is applied to the whole foot or hand. Sit back and relax. Or, ask for an on-going assessment of stress cues of the feet; education in the location of reflex areas of the feet or education in how to apply self reflexology techniques.
You should feel relaxed at the end of a session. Expect the application of technique to be within your comfort zone- not too heavy and not too light but at a level within your personal preference. Communicate this preference to the reflexologist.