Healing Oasis of West Ashley

772 St. Andrews Blvd. 

Charleston, SC 29407

Hands On Feet Massage

Reflexology

At Healing Oasis, LLC


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How Does Reflexology Work?

     The underlying theory behind reflexology is that there are certain points or "reflex areas" on the feet and hands that are connected energetically to specific organs and body parts through energy channels in the body. By applying pressure to reflex areas, a reflexologist is said to remove energy blockages and promote health in the related body area. 


Here are some examples of reflex areas and their corresponding body parts:

  • The tips of the toes reflect the head
  • The heart and chest are around the ball of the foot
  • The liver, pancreas, and kidney are in the arch of the foot
  • Low back and intestines are towards the heel

Why Do People Get Reflexology?‚Äč

  • Stress and stress-related conditions
  • Tension headaches and migraines
  • Digestive disorders
  • Arthritis
  • Insomnia
  • Hormonal imbalances
  • Sports injuries
  • Menstrual disorders, such as premenstrual syndrome (PMS)
  • Digestive problems, such as constipation
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Back pain

What Is a Typical Session Like?

     A typical treatment is 30 to 60 minutes long and begins with a health history form and consultation about your health and lifestyle. The reflexologist will use the information to customize the therapy.


     You may then be asked to remove your shoes and socks and sit comfortably in a reclining chair or on a massage table. The reflexologist will assess the feet and stimulate various points to identify areas of tenderness or tension.

     

     Brisk movements and massage may be used to warm the hands and feet. Finger or thumb pressure is then applied to the foot using reflexology techniques. Lotion or oil may be used, and the reflexologist may also use instruments like balls, brushes, and dowels.


     There is currently no regulation of reflexology in the United States.  You may want to choose a therapist who is certified in Reflexology.

What Does Reflexology Feel Like?

     Most people find reflexology, for the most part, to be very relaxing. Reflexology shouldn't be painful. If you feel discomfort, be sure to tell the reflexologist. He or she should work within your comfort zone. 

     

     Some areas may be tender or sore, and the reflexologist may spend extra time on these points. The soreness should decrease with pressure.


If you're ticklish, not to worry. The reflexologist applies firm pressure to the feet.

How Will I Feel Afterward?

Most people feel calm and relaxed after a reflexology session. Occasionally, some people feel nausea, sleepiness, and mood swings.

Possible Side Effects and Safety

     If you have foot ulcers, recent injury, foot or ankle wounds, gout, or a cardiovascular condition, reflexology may not be appropriate or safe.

     Reflexology may also not be right for people with diabetes, osteoarthritis (affecting the ankle or foot), circulatory problems, active infections, gallstones, kidney stones, or certain types of cancer. Pregnant women should avoid reflexology IN THE FIRST AND LAST TRIMESTER.

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