Reflexology’s History

Reflexology, word derived from "reflex", is a technique that studies the effects of stimulation of energy points and how they influence other points of our body.

The origin of reflexology is not certain. References to this technique can be seen in references by Descartes, Fitzgerald, among others.

The most well-known therapies of reflexology, or reflex therapy, it’s called Do-In, a therapy of traditional Japanese medicine, and Tui Na, from traditional Chinese medicine.



Reflexology’s Body Parts of Stimulation

Although the most well-known body zone used in reflex therapy is the foot area, there are 4 key points of this holistic therapy:


1. Spine

2. Feet

3. Hands

4. Ears


All these four areas respect a single theory: each area has correspondence / reflex in organs and / or systems and specific structures of the body that, through pressures and massages, are stimulated, promoting a balance and improvement of its functioning.



Benefits of Reflexology

The reflex therapy can give us innumerous benefits, among which we stood out:

  • Relief of chronic pain or sore, especially beneficial in pregnancy, postpartum or after surgery pains
  • Balance of the energy systems
  • Improves blood circulation
  • Improvement of the lymphatic system
  • Deep relaxation - Relief of stress and anxiety related symptoms, inducing a state of relaxation that can cause the patient to fall asleep during the session.



Contraindications or Special Care for Reflex Therapy Sessions

While it is beneficial most of the time, there are some contraindications or situations that require special care during reflexology sessions.



Reflexology’s Contraindications

A reflex therapy session should not be performed when:

  • The patient has a fever
  • The patient has contagious skin disease
  • The patient had a recent thrombosis or phlebitis
  • First trimester of pregnancy in patients with a history of spontaneous abortion



Special care to take during a reflexology session

Care should be taken during a reflexotherapy session when:

  • The patient had a recent surgery - although beneficial, especially in the treatment and relief of pain, a softer pressure should be applied
  • There are cuts, scars, bruises or wounds: these areas should be avoided by the therapist
  • The patient has some areas with calluses - if they are still sensitive, less pressure should be applied
  • The patient is diabetic - a smaller pressure should be used in general, because it has a thinner and more sensitive skin, especially in the pancreas area.
  • Patients are elderly or children - lower pressure should be used
  • The patient has a history of heart problems, less pressure should be used in the heart area
  • Patients have a terminal illness - moderate pressure should be used.

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