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What is Reflexology?

Updated on January 20, 2015

The Best Reflexology Equipment

What is Reflexology?

Reflexology is a complementary therapy that aims to treat the mind, body and spirit, encouraging the body to work naturally to restore its own balance. Tiny nerve endings in the feet and hands correspond to different areas and organs of the body.

How does reflexology work?

Through stimulation and applying gentle pressure to the reflex points using the thumbs and fingers, the therapist aims to create an involuntary reaction in a particular area or organ. Thus restoring circulation, clearing toxins and balancing energy - homeostasis. Reflexologists do not claim to cure, diagnose or prescribe but reflexology works extremely well alongside conventional medicine. This therapy encourages the body to heal itself after illness or injury, it is extremely effective in relieving stress and inducing deep relaxation and therefore maintaining well being once good health has been restored.

Reflexology Foot Chart
Reflexology Foot Chart

Reflexology Foot Chart

In this lens I have acknowledged that not everyone can afford to attend a beauty salon or a treatment room for reflexology. What I have tried to do is pull together tried and tested reflexology equipment which will enable you to afford to have a reflexology session in the comfort of your own home. There are books and charts available which will help you find exactly where the desired pressure points are located, you can then start to experiment with your fingers or the tools shown here

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What Are The Benefits of Reflexology?

Emotional and Mental Benefits

Calms the body and mind

Eases emotional distress

Promotes calmness and a sense of well-being

Relieves stress

Physical Benefits

Diminishes muscular tension

Relieves tiredness and fatigue

Helps with disturbed sleep patterns

Encourages natural self-healingIncreases energy and reduces tension

An example of how to use Reflexology, tips and techniques

Reflexology Equipment Reviews

Brand New 2010 Portable Relaxing Reflexology Electric Foot Massager - Relieve stress and relax your feet muscles.

Based on the study of traditional medicine, meridian theory, magnetic therapy and the foot reflexology; this massager is manufactured successfully to integrate these advanced electronic techniques at the same time. The soles of your feet have unique sensory pressure points. The massaging robot arms engage these pressure points; using reflexology to stimulate and relax the vital points under the soles of your feet. Foot massages reduces stress by relieving the tension built up in your feet from daily activities. This will also re-energize your foot muscles and improve circulation throughout your whole body.

Brand New 2010 Portable Relaxing Reflexology Electric Foot Massager

Brand New 2010 Portable Relaxing Reflexology Electric Foot Massager
Brand New 2010 Portable Relaxing Reflexology Electric Foot Massager

Wood Trio: 3 Natural Wood Self Massage Tools - Recommended by doctors, chiropractors, physical therapists and massage therapists

The Foot Roller Massager, Back Roller Massage Tool, and Body Back Knob Massage Tool bundled together at a discounted price. The Back Roller is an effective device for soothing your back pain by giving a gentle stretch to the spine and a deep massage to the antigravity muscles in your back. Based on the original Ma Roller, developed over 30 years ago, the new rubber rings stabilize the rolling action making it easier to control your movements.

Wood Trio: 3 Natural Wood Self Massage Tools
Wood Trio: 3 Natural Wood Self Massage Tools
Natural Wood Self Massage Tools
Natural Wood Self Massage Tools

Natural Wood Self Massage Tools

Can be used effectively over the entire body to treat aches, pains, and sore muscles. All of these great products are lightweight, strong and easy to use. Increase blood circulation, to promote healing and enhance immune system function. Recommended by doctors, chiropractors, physical therapists and massage therapists. 3 great products at 1 great price, plus free shipping

Omni Foot Fantasy Massager - Ideal for foot massage and reflexology

Features of the Omni Foot Fantasy Massager: Ideal for foot massage and reflexology (the principle that there are reflex points in the feet that correspond with various organs in the body). In addition to feet, is also effective for full-body massages.

Omni Foot Fantasy Massager
Omni Foot Fantasy Massager

Omni Foot Fantasy Massager

An excellent foot massager. This item is used by professional physiotherapist in order to reduce Plantar fasciitis. I bought it and use it daily. Both ends are useful - the roller at the beginning of the treatment and the other end for a deeper, and more focused massage. I highly recommend it.

Foot Reflexology Sandals - Improve circulation, accelerate metabolism and revitalize energy levels

It is believed by all reflexologists that the sole of the foot mirrors the body, with the left foot reflecting the left side of the body and the right foot the right side. Hence, it is deduced that pressing the sole in the opposite place will cause an advantageous effect to be felt in the respective part of the body. As mentioned, a perceptive area in the foot indicates a problem in the consequent organ in the body. Pressing on the appropriate trouble-spot can be an effective way of relieving pain and helping to restore the body's natural balance. It can also reduce stress, improve circulation, accelerate metabolism and revitalize energy levels.

Sunny Health & Fitness Foot Massager - 3-D High-Frequency Vibration in 15 Levels

The Vibration Foot Massager is designed to combine the ancient Asian principles of Shiatsu and reflexology stimulating the acupressure points. Different vital functions may be stimulated to enhance overall well being. You will have a profound Experience of reflexology massage and feel emotionally released. Why take pain medicines when you can mange your foot pain with this deep, stimulating Foot Massager.

Sivan Health and Fitness FRD-605 Electric Foot Massager, Blue - 15 Speed levels provides a foot massage tailored to your preferences

Ergonomically designed, this foot massager offers a rejuvenating massage that targets 94 reflexology pressure points. Featuring 4 massage programs and 1 manual massage mode, this massager can be tailored to suit your preferences. The massager offers 15 speed levels and 8 infrared heating massage levels for a deeply relaxing experience.

Acu-Life Massage Sandals - Brown with Velcro

Massage Sandals Brown 11 w/ Velcro Toe Strap. Acu-Life Massage Sandals are based on the principle of reflexology, which has been practiced for at least 5000 years. Reflexologists believe that each important organ and muscle is connected by a network of nerves to a tiny point on the foot where energy terminates. Pressure applied to these nerve endings by Acu-Life's hundreds of little rubber "fingers" creates a stimulus. This sets in motion an electrochemical impulse, thus releasing healthful energy along the nerve to corresponding organs.

An Excellent Selection Of Acupressure Equipment From eBay

Have any of you guys tried reflexology treatments or products, let the Squidoo community know your thoughts

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      Dipak94 4 years ago

      Annuaire gratuit de massothérapie à Montréal pour massothérapeutes (massage thérapeutique, massage californien, massage suédois, massage thai et autres spécialités)

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      reflexologytoptips 5 years ago

      Being a professional Reflexologist I am a bit biased - this is one treatment that it should be compulsory for everyone to have at least once per month

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      miaponzo 5 years ago

      I am a reflexologist and love this lens! Blessed!

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      Bellezza-Decor 5 years ago from Canada

      Reflexology works! I had my feet worked on by a professional years ago for a sore jaw that I got from a dentist. I had the pain for 6 months. The next day after our session the pain was gone and never returned!

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      Pastor Cher 5 years ago from United States

      Oh I had no idea you could get these items. I do reflexology on my hands and feet everyday. The sandals would be so beneficial. Thank you for the information.