Reflexology is not so much massage as it is a form of bodywork that consists of the application of pressure to certain points (or triggers) in the feet and hands. “Foot and hand reflexology is a scientific art based on the premise that there are zones and reflex areas in the feet and hands which correspond to all body parts,” explains Director of ASIS Massage Education located in Arizona, Joseph Rongo.
“The physical act of applying specific pressures using thumb, finger, and hand techniques results in stress reduction which causes a physiological change in the body.”
Okay, so what type of client should you recommend Reflexology to?
The most common answer is. . . people who like getting foot massages. “Clients who love foot rubs love Reflexology!” exclaims Jessica English, Regional Admissions Director for Finger Lakes School of Massage (FLSM).
FLSM instructor Cindy Getchonis chimes in, “Anyone who likes their feet touched!”
But make sure your client is aware of the difference between a regular, old foot rub and a Reflexology session.
“Some clients say they want reflexology, but they really just want a extended foot rub,” says Alyssa Robin, Admissions Director for Central Maryland School of Massage. “Real reflexology is a but more intensive.”
Aside from people who enjoy foot massages, who else might benefit from Reflexology? Apparently lots of clients. “Clients who don’t want to receive full body massage, clients who don’t want to undress, people who are interested in massage that has strong energetic properties,” responds English.
“Clients who will benefit most from reflexology are people who have acute and or chronic pain issues as well as overall stress,” Sondra Hartmann, another FLSM instructor adds.
“Also, folks who are just super duper stuck in their head really benefit from the grounding of Reflexology.”
Confirm the types of massage therapy you’re allowed to practice in your area as regulations vary from state to state. This information can usually be found on your state’s occupational licensing or health department website.