What Is a Reflexology Massage and What Can It Do for You?
Looking for a new way to relax, pamper yourself and do your body some good?
Try a reflexology massage.
This is a popular choice for our patients here in Brampton, and it’s easy to see why. Reflexology massages offer a number of tempting benefits, including:
A reflexology massage is a fantastic treatment to try when you visit our spa, whether on its own or alongside other treatments.
But how does it actually work?
How a Reflexology Massage Works
Reflexology is intended to help stimulate the body’s natural healing capabilities and achieve a harmonious balance, encouraging a positive, relaxed state of mind and being.
This form of massage has a long and fascinating history. The practice of manipulating pressure points on the feet, hands and legs dates back hundreds of years, even as far back as Ancient Egypt.
Various ages-old paintings contain illuminating references to massage and reflexology, revealing that the rejuvenating power of bodily touch has held immense appeal to people regardless of their culture, beliefs and environment.
However, what we know as the modern form of reflexology was popularized in the early 20th century. Since then, it has helped countless people enjoy relief from stress and tension-related headaches — and it could do the same for you.
The process of reflexology massages
Reflexology massages are different to more traditional options (Swedish massage, hot stone massage etc.), but still help you unwind and feel better.
The basics remain the same: it’s just you, your massage therapist, and their skilled hands. You’re invited to lie down, get comfortable and relax. The room is prepared to be a calming, soothing environment in which you can tune into your body’s sensations, rather than the stresses, strains and distractions of daily life.
Yet there’s a little more to reflexology than just working knots and tension out. It has a wide-ranging effect throughout other parts of your physique, which may come as a surprise if you’ve never experienced this type of massage before.
The main points of a reflexology massage
A reflexology massage involves applying pressure to specific parts of the body, usually on the feet, legs and hands. While the therapist uses their fingers only, their touch is firm, strong and measured to achieve a specific response.
A massage therapist can manipulate many areas of the feet, legs and hands during reflexology. It’s a complex system that demands extensive training and practice to master.
Focusing on key reflex points affects corresponding areas and organs, creating a pleasant sensation where you may not necessarily expect to feel one. Careful, precise placement and movement of the fingers sends signals through the nervous system: not only do you get to enjoy the sensual satisfaction of the initial touch, but the resulting reaction sent through your body too.
Which parts of your legs and feet will be touched during your reflexology massage? Here are a few examples of reflex areas and their corresponding body parts:
The importance of communication
If you’ve never had a reflexology massage before, it’s a different experience to a traditional foot massage. It’s still relaxing and designed to leave you refreshed, but obviously more pressure must be applied to the target spots to trigger the desired reaction.
But don’t worry: your therapist will make sure you feel comfortable and aware of what they’re doing throughout the treatment.
After all, communication is vital to maximize the physical, emotional and mental pleasure of any massage — and reflexology is no different. Our therapists have the skills, training and dedication to outstanding service to listen to your personal needs and create a revitalizing massage in return.
Perhaps you’re feeling stressed about a difficult situation at work or are struggling to handle a new type of responsibility imposed on you. Maybe you suffer from tension headaches and find them disrupting your sleep or enjoyment of downtime. Or you could even just feel the need for a little reinvigoration now and then.
Whatever your individual issues, expectations and requests, Astra Medi Spa’s team is committed to making your reflexology massage everything it can be. Just be honest, tell us exactly what you’re hoping for and let us handle the rest.
Relieving Stress and Tension through Reflexology
Stress, frustration, anxiety and physical discomfort can all make life harder than it has to be, especially if they get in the way of your ability to concentrate on work, family and other commitments properly.
That’s why we should all take time out of our schedule to indulge in activities we enjoy and take care of ourselves. Research shows dedicating a day to your own rest and wellbeingcan:
And this is especially relevant when you consider that one in four Canadians blame stressfor their deciding to quit their job and 30 percent of people (aged from 35 to 54) describe most days as ‘stressful’.
Speak to your therapist about any physical or emotional difficulties you may be having before your reflexology massage. This equips them with the details they need to make your experience as beneficial as they can.
Astra Medi Spa’s team offers reflexology massages for the feet and legs, priced between $70 - $115. These are performed to the same high standard of professionalism and safety as all of our treatments, ideal to help you unwind. Sessions tend to last no longer than 60 minutes.
You can book your reflexology massage as a standalone treatment or to complement another (such as a facial or a manicure). Want to know more about our reflexology massages in Brampton or any of our other treatments? Want to discuss our current special offers?
Just reach out and get in touchnow. We look forward to seeing you!
Dedicated and passionate Astra Medicare staff.