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Give the Gift of Reflexolgy, How to Give a Theraputic Foot Massage

Updated on June 1, 2008

Give the Gift of a Theraputic Foot Massage: Reflexology

Even if you're ticklish, a good therapist can perform little luxuries on your feet.

Here's info about Reflexology and how to give this theraputic foot massage, which we think of as purposeful massage.

Reflexology, a non-invasive Holistic treatment, works to stimulate areas on the feet that correspond to different parts of the anatomy. In Reflexology, nerve endings on the feet correspond to organs and glands within the body. When pressure is applied to these nerve endings on the foot, it provides therapy to the areas of the body specific to the foot nerve endings.

Reflexology has a documented history going back 5,000 years. But the actual term “reflexology” was coined in the early 20th century in the U.S.

And reflexology feels great, even if while receiving the treatment, you’ may not be aware of which area of your body is benefiting from the therapist’s touch. It’s a great gift to give, once you learn just how to do it. Start by getting a professional reflexology treatment so you can experience it and look closely at a reflexology foot chart (a sample of one is shown in an image here). Then, you’ll no doubt find a willing subject.

Ideally, the person being massaged should be seated in a recliner or an armchair with an ottoman. The reflexologist (in this case, you) can sit on a small stool in from of their feet.

1: Get a basin (professional therapists often use wood basins with a large plastic bag as a liner) and fill it with water as hot as your “client” can stand it. Some places put in a tea bag, others use fresh flowers, or bath salts. Have the person soak their feet for about five to 10 mins. Cover their legs with a bath towel.

2: Gently dry feet with a soft towel.

3: Place a feet on your thigh, work on the feet on the ottoman or hold the foot up.

4: Start by taking your thumb and moving in a small circular pattern around each area of the sole. Press firmly, with your hands and fingers, using a pulsing, on/off pressure. Oil/lotion is optional.

5: Start just below the balls of the feet, which corresponds with the solar plexus.

6: Move to an other area by inching your thumb. Continue to press firmly, using a pulsing on/off pressure, while making a circular pattern.

7: Proceed slowly and patiently, experimenting to find a comfortable pressure. Ask if the pressure is ok. Painful places may indicate an imbalance or ailment in the related organ or body system. (For example, rub under the little toe at the “root,” if the client experiences a sharp pain, that directly correlates to their left shoulder.

8: Concentrate on tender areas and trouble spots, building pressure as you go along.

9: Spend five to 10 minutes on each foot, initially, building to more time as you become more familiar with the areas of the feet that are corresponding to various parts of the body (this will come from a greater understanding of the foot reflexology chart).

10: Tell clients to wear comfortable shoes, drink water or decaffeinated drinks and to avoid alcohol. Experts say this promotes the detoxification process and help the body to eliminate the toxins that have been released.

Tips

  • Those who poo-poo alternative treatments may be surprised to know that a study published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology found that women with PMS who underwent 30-minute reflexology treatments for two months experienced a 46-percent reduction in symptoms, and maintained the benefits for two months following treatment.
  • You can also give a very rudimentary reflexology treatment by using the technique on feet without the preliminary foot bath and lotion/oil.

  • You can also do self-reflexology, using the technique on yourself.
  • Even though an area of pain is associated with distress in another part of the body, you should take care not to injure, the goal of reflexology is one of treatment and relaxation.

Reflexology Charts

Here's a very detailed explanation of the Reflexology Chart -- practitioners believe that 7200 nerve endings in the foot correspond to many different areas and regions of the body (Created by: Chris Stormer  www.alwaysb.com)
Here's a very detailed explanation of the Reflexology Chart -- practitioners believe that 7200 nerve endings in the foot correspond to many different areas and regions of the body (Created by: Chris Stormer www.alwaysb.com)
Here's one version of a reflexology chart.
Here's one version of a reflexology chart.

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    • restrelax profile image

      restrelax 

      6 years ago from Los angeles CA

      The therapist’s touch It’s a great gift to give, once you learn just how to do it.

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      guruofreflexology 

      6 years ago

      A nice jobs of including the chart of reflexology. The reason for that is it is on those Reflexology charts that you will find information about the Reflex points. These Reflex points when given the correct amount of pressure and on the correct point will help in curing the problem related to the body. http://www.guruofreflexology.com/brief-reflexology...

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      restrelax 

      6 years ago from Los angeles CA

      I like your hub information. Thanks for sharing with us.

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      saeed 

      6 years ago

      there are so usefull images and protect our body

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      swedish massage chatswood 

      7 years ago

      One of the healthiest massage is replexology. Nice hubpage, informative and useful.

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      massage chatswood 

      7 years ago

      Interesting to read hub, what i like about your blog every time i check your post the're always great topic. Nice information for reflexology.

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      full body massage chatswood 

      7 years ago

      Reflexology have many benefit, nice charts you've shared here this was useful. Thanks for sharing such an informative article.

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      theindiaphile 

      7 years ago from London

      Excellent stuff. Would love to have a reflexology session!

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      MrSpock 

      8 years ago

      Mr Spock can appreciate a good foot massage.

    • egraveski profile image

      egraveski 

      8 years ago

      Nice clear instructions and those are lovely reflexology charts. It's especially nice to see more than just the bottom of the foot in a chart.

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      WaynePoole 

      9 years ago from America

      Very detailed chart. I have looked into this a little recently, but I had no idea that it was this complex.

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