What is the difference between foot massage and foot reflexology?
Some people confuse foot Reflexology with foot massage, but they are two different modalities, each with its own strengths.
Although both involve the use of the hands to apply different pressure techniques and both aim to enhance well-being, there are major differences.
Foot reflexology is thought to be an ancient Chinese treatment. While it certainly owes a debt to the past, reflexology as a treatment modality was actually developed in America in the 20th century.
Foot Reflexology uses body maps and follows a protocol of manual techniques, such as thumb- and finger-walking.
The therapist works on reflex points that are thought to relate to specific organs and glands in the body.
Stimulating those points with finger pressure promotes health in those organs and glands via the body’s energetic pathways.
A foot reflexology procures also a deep state of relaxation and can be applied only for this purpose as well.
A foot massage is all about working the muscles, tendons and fascia, by using specific kneading, friction and pressure techniques on all parts of the foot.
Although the aim is to focus to reduce pain, the massage can deeply relax the entire body.
The massage therapist will keep in mind the physical structure of the feet and there is no search for connections or healing with other organs.
It can be confusing for clients when it comes to understand reflexology versus foot massage.
If you are searching for a foot reflexology refer to reflexology therapists that have studied at least 200 hours and are certified.
Some regular massage therapist have had basic reflexology training and can apply certain techniques although in this case the benefits will be less therapeutic and focussed more on deep relaxation and wellbeing.
A foot treatment is wonderful, although both techniques won’t have the same answer to your expectations.
Massage reduces muscle tension, is relaxing, and improves circulation.
Reflexology is more internally based.
So before booking a foot treatment ask yourself what your needs and expectations are.
Inform yourself by contacting different massage therapists and foot reflexologists.
Discuss in detail what you are looking for.
By choosing the right treatment you will allow your body and mind to fully benefit from it.