Nature’s Link Wellness Center offers reflexology, or zone therapy, to assist clients with realigning their overall health. We serve the Acadiana region, including Lafayette, Baton Rouge and Alexandria.
What is Reflexology?
Reflexology is an alternative medicine technique that involves applying pressure to the feet, hands and ears. It’s also known as zone therapy, because the reflexologist uses a chart to match areas of the feet and hands to different areas of the body.
The reflexologist uses massage techniques on specific areas of the hands and feet to release blocked energy and relieve stress in the corresponding areas of the body, including internal organs and systems.
How is Reflexology Different from Massage?
Reflexology is often used as type of a therapeutic massage. However, it’s a different practice. Massage involves manipulating the body’s soft tissues to relax the muscles. This may include techniques such as tapping, friction, kneading and stroking. Reflexology, on the other hand, uses small movements to apply pressure to specific points on a reflex map of the feet, ears or hands. The goal is to create a response in correlating areas of the body.
Benefits of Reflexology
Reflexology can be beneficial for those seeking better sleep and relaxation. It’s also used to address conditions such as:Asthma
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Chronic pain
- Migraines and tension headaches
- Digestive issues
- Hormonal imbalances
- Premenstrual syndrome (PMS)
- Sports injuries
- Palliative care
- Post-operative pain
Additional benefits of reflexology include increased energy, improved circulation, eliminating toxins, stimulating nerve function, preventing migraines and speeding up recovery after injury or surgery.
Who Should Not Have Reflexology?
Reflexology may not be safe or appropriate for those with recent injuries or wounds to the foot or ankle, gout or foot ulcers. Reflexology should be avoided during pregnancy. Those with a cardiovascular condition, diabetes, osteoarthritis affecting the foot or ankle, circulation issues, gallstones, an active infection, kidney stones and some cancers should consult with your doctor before scheduling a session.
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What to Expect at Your First Reflexology Appointment
Reflexology appointments typically last 30 to 60 minutes. Our reflexologist will begin with a brief overview of your health history and lifestyle. This information will be used to customize your therapy and understand your health goals.
The reflexologist will explain the process of massaging your hands, feet and ears and share the benefits of reflexology as they relate to your specific health issues. This is a great time to go over any questions you may have.
You’ll sit in a comfortable position in a reclining chair or on a massage table for your session. You may be asked to remove your socks and shoes.
After an assessment of your feet, the reflexologist will use brisk movements and/or massage to begin warming your hands and feet. Reflexology techniques will then be used to apply pressure to specific areas of the foot and/or hand. This may include finger or thumb pressure as well as instruments like brushes, balls and dowels. Oil or lotion may also be used.
During your session, the reflexologist may identify areas that are sore or carrying tension. More time will be spent on these spots, which should help decrease the soreness. Don’t worry about ticklish feet – the reflexologist uses firm pressure that shouldn’t tickle.
Being comfortable with your reflexologist is a must, and feedback during the session is encouraged. Reflexology should never feel painful, so tell the reflexologist about any discomfort you feel during the therapy.
After your first appointment, it is normal to feel relaxed and have an increase in energy and pain relief. In some cases, there may be feelings of sleepiness, nausea or moodiness.
Call 337-332-2705 or contact Nature’s Link Wellness Center in Breaux Bridge, LA, today to schedule an appointment with our reflexologist.