You need a break.
“Tell me something I don’t know,” you say? Fair enough.
But choosing the right kind of break can be an entirely new stressor. Have you ever shown up to the place where you’re getting a massage just to find a glut of choices facing you?
What kind of massage do you want? What parts of your body do you want to focus on? What the heck is reflexology?
It can all be too much when what you need is to relax. Fortunately, we have answers to at least one of these questions.
Reflexology has entered public consciousness recently, but the techniques this style of massage uses are ancient. Allow us to enlighten you in advance of your next massage, so you can make the most informed choice of massage before the last minute.
Reflexology: A Definition
Let’s break things down as simply as possible. When it comes to health, there are few more authoritative experts than the doctors at the Mayo Clinic.
The Mayo Clinic defines reflexology as “the application of pressure to areas on the feet, hands, and ears.” It’s quite simple when you boil it down to its essence like that.
So How Does It Work?
Of course, reflexology wouldn’t be an entire field of massage therapy if there were specific techniques involved. Places like Reflexology Virginia Beach specialize in these techniques, which include finding pressure points that promote health as well as relief from stress and particularly bad pain.
In reflexology, these pressure points correspond to the body’s internal systems. So, for example, focus on the heel gives attention to one’s intestines and low back, while focus on the tips of one’s toes affects the head.
It may sound strange, but some forms of these techniques date back thousands of years. Even before 2,000 B.C., practitioners in Egypt and China were using similar techniques simultaneously.
Why Should I Go?
Reflexology is used to treat many conditions as well as to relieve general stress. If you suffer from any of the following conditions and chose reflexology, you’d be in the company of others who have sought similar help.
- Migraines and tension headaches
- Digestive disorders (e.g. irritable bowel syndrome)
- Hormonal imbalances
- Sports injuries
- Insomnia and other sleep issues
- Multiple sclerosis
- General back pain
- Premenstrual syndrome, aka PMS, and other menstrual problems
- Digestive problems (e.g. constipation)
Simplifying Your Choice of Massage
Are you convinced that reflexology treatment is the right massage for you? It’s okay if not, but you owe it to yourself to at least try it. Some people swear by it for their medical problems, and others simply like it as an occasional supplement to other types of massage.
Whether you’re healthy enough to handle a massage or struggling to recover from something more serious, we’ve got health tips for you.