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A reflexology massage focuses on acupressure points in the feet that correspond to every organ and system in the body. It is a branch of Traditional Chinese Medicine that also has some roots in ancient Egypt. San Diego reflexology massage therapists can also use pressure points in the hands to accomplish the same goals of balancing the body's energy flow. For example, the very back of the heel on the foot corresponds to the sciatic nerve; so massage to that area of the foot will stimulate this nerve. The tips of the toes correspond to the sinuses, so massaging those can help alleviate sinus issues. The hands have similar pressure points. While a therapeutic reflexology massage is not a stand-alone treatment for any condition, it is said to be a complementary therapy to help support healing throughout the body, and it is usually appropriate for all ages. This massage may work well to support your work at iMatrix Yoga Division, affording you even more overall wellness and peace of mind.
A reflexology massage in San Diego can last anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes. It does not involve any oils or creams. Rather, the the massage therapist simply applies kneading and pressure to specific points along your feet. Because this form of massage only involves the feet (and sometimes the lower legs), you can remain fully clothed, although relaxing, loose-fitting clothing is recommended for comfort. Some patients prefer a hand reflexology massage over a foot reflexology massage if they are particularly sensitive or ticklish, so consider starting with a hand massage if you're just trying the technique for the first time.
Studies have shown a wide range of health benefits stemming from reflexology massage, and those who try it report that it is very relaxing and helps reduce their stress levels. This naturally has a positive impact on overall health. Because stress is such a major aggravator to so many health problems, reflexology can easily be therapeutic and a part of a comprehensive stress-reduction plan. As for other health concerns, reflexology massage has been shown to improve circulation and alleviate musculoskeletal pains like back pain, leg pain and plantar fasciitis. Numerous reports show health benefits for those suffering with gastrointestinal conditions like irritable bowel syndrome. Reflexology massage has also been said to help those suffering with headaches, asthma, allergies and anxiety disorders. Because it is a drug-free complementary technique, it is appropriate for a wide range of patients including most seniors, pregnant women, babies and children.
As with any complementary therapy, it is important to talk with your healthcare provider about adding reflexology massage to your San Diego wellness program. Consult with your iMatrix Yoga Division instructor to find out if reflexology massage would be an appropriate complement to your stretches and workouts at the yoga studio.
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