Foot Reflexology and Your Massage Therapy Practice

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What is Foot Reflexology?

Reflexology falls under the category of “acupressure.” The therapist uses certain techniques with the fingers and hands, applying specific pressure to the parts of the foot that correspond to different areas of the body. The foot acts as a map, and each area of the foot affects its corresponding body part, so by applying pressure to a certain spot on the foot the therapist actives a “reflex” of relaxation and healing in the corresponding area. The foot acts as that map because of the body’s own system of nerve endings, which connect one body part to another.

While it’s a useful technique for treating specific complaints, it can also be done on almost any client in order to promote relaxation, relieve tension, increase toxin elimination, and improve circulation. In an acupressure sense, foot reflexology removes blockages in energy pathways so energy can flow freely.

Why Should I Learn About Foot Reflexology?

Foot Reflexology Bundle - Massage Therapy CEUsThe more you know about reflexology and various massage therapy modalities, the better you can serve your clients. Foot reflexology will allow you to treat a wide range of clients, from those who are seeking simple relaxation to those who have very specific pain complaints to those who are bed-ridden or chair-ridden. As long as you can access a client’s feet, you can increase their relaxation and well-being. You will learn, for example, that massaging the toes stimulates the sinuses, and that tight, hard areas in the feet correspond to difficulties in certain areas of the body. Put simply- you’ll be more knowledgeable about your own work and your clients.

What Do I Need For Practicing Foot Reflexology?

You need to take the course, of course! Other than that, you just need a calming, comfortable, quiet place for performing the technique- and you probably already have that. A recliner that has multiple positions is a great addition to your practice because it gives you easy access to the client’s feet while you sit on a low stool or Pilates ball, but it’s not mandatory. You can also perform foot reflexology with a regular massage table.

You might also want to keep the following on hand: clean linens, small blankets for covering the foot you’re not working on if the client gets cold, soft music, aromatherapy oils, and soft lighting. You can also provide the client with a relaxing foot soak before the session- for that you just need a small foot tub, some Epsom salts, and possibly some relaxing oils to add (like lavender).

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