Plantar reflexology has many applications. Indeed, although it does not claim to cure diseases, it can still relieve many disorders and reduce the side effects of heavy drug treatments. At his side, there are also other forms of reflexology but they remain in the minority.
Interested? From its main benefits to the course of the sessions, experts will tell you everything about this alternative medicine!
What is reflexology?
Reflexology consists of activating “reflex zones” by massaging them with the tip of the finger. To relieve pain from a distance and rebalance various vital functions. In the case of plantar reflexology, these famous areas are located at the level of the feet. Reflexologists consider that they are all associated with an organ, a part of the body or even a specific gland.
The plantar reflexology map is quite detailed! That being said, some practitioners prefer to practice palmar, facial, or even auricular reflexology. The principle is exactly the same, with the difference that the reflex zones are located respectively at the level of the hands, face and ears.
What does the map of your feet look like?
To simplify, remember that all the organs located in the left half of the body, such as the spleen for example, are connected to reflex zones of the left foot. Likewise, organs located on the right, such as the gallbladder, are connected to areas of the right foot. As for the even organs (e.g., lungs) and those located more in the middle of the body, such as the stomach, they are “present” on both feet!
To give you an idea of the degree of accuracy of the map, even the toes are divided into several zones: it would thus be possible to act on the neck, nose, throat or even the pituitary (cerebral gland) by massaging specific points on the big toe.
Why use this alternative medicine?
Foot reflexology is mainly used to combat stress, tension and muscle pain. You can call on her in case of back pain for example or neck pain. But it has many other applications. Indeed, this alternative medicine is also used to relieve functional disorders (e.g.: premenstrual syndrome, constipation), reduce the frequency of migraines, fight sleep disorders. Or limit the side effects of chemotherapy and other cancer treatments. If it can give good results, several sessions are necessary for them to settle. The number varies from case to case but it usually takes 4 or 5 to feel better.
How does a foot reflexology session take place?
Armed with a plantar reflexology card found on the net, have you firmly decided to massage yourself? Admittedly, this is tempting, but for good results experts strongly recommend that you consult a professional! Only reflexologists really know the right things to do. Normally, the practitioner begins by asking you about your state of health. Then he invites you to sit comfortably on a sort of deckchair: the first massage aims above all to relax you before the real “treating massage”, sometimes performed with essential oils. Good to know: depending on the region and the practitioner, the cost of the session usually varies between 30 and 80 euros, not reimbursed by Social Security.
Find out more about the benefits of foot reflexology and the best foot reflexology centres in Singapore here.
What are the contraindications for reflexology?
Of course, it is better to avoid having recourse to foot reflexology if you have an injury or infection in the feet (e.g.: sprain, yeast infection). But there are also other medical contraindications such as phlebitis, severe heart problems and haemophilia. The sessions are also strongly discouraged during the first trimester of pregnancy! If in doubt, ask your doctor for advice: if you have an absolute contraindication to reflexology, he can direct you to another alternative medicine such as acupuncture or herbal medicine for example.
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