Foot Massage and Reflexology. What Is The Difference?

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I’m a Certified Reflexologist but people new to this beautiful therapy often ask me….

Both are readily available yet they are different techniques and people have very different experiences and outcomes. 🤗

  • Both are seated therapies
  • Both incorporate a common massage technique called effleurage
  • Both give you some space and 'time out'

So what is the difference between a Foot Massage and Reflexology? 👇🏼

Have you been confused, may be wondering about your past treatment experiences and what they actually were? You are not alone. 🤔

A foot massage is often incorporated into pedicure or as an added bonus to a body massage. It consists of sweeping strokes up and down the length of the foot. You may also receive some pulling and rotating of the toes, which is done to increase overall flexibility of the feet and stimulate the blood supply. Your therapist will work in this overall way for a few minutes and may use a cream to help soften the skin on the feet.

Foot massage is good if you want a quick, simple treatment and it feels nice and soothing. 🙍🏻

Reflexology on the feet is a specialised, distinct therapy, where gentle pressure is applied to all areas of the feet. The therapist uses their thumbs, fingers and even hot stones to stimulate defined points known as reflexes. It is a holistic therapy, meaning Reflexology treats the client and their physical, mental and emotional body as a whole. Each reflex point is connected to an area of the body, similar to Acupressure or Acupuncture theory, and stimulating these will release toxins, clear energy blockages and give balance all of the body systems. A gentle aromatherapy balm is often used on the feet and clients can feel an improvement in their overall wellbeing, after just one session. 👣⚖️

Reflexology is great if you want a deep, relaxing and meditative experience and you are looking to be more focused on achieving better health and wellness overall. It works well on it’s own yet is the perfect complement to conventional medicine. There are so many ways that the technique can be done. 😴

All certified therapists should take you through a detailed health and lifestyle assessment before any treatment takes place. A Reflexologist will want to understand your health history so that they can give you a bespoke treatment aligned with your current desires while being mindful of any past health issues which may also need some support.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss the best options for your health and wellbeing, comment below ‘YES PLEASE' and I will be more than happy to connect with and help you.

Sam 💖