Reflexology is almost always associated with the feet and it’s understandable why as it’s the most commonly discussed form of reflexology, but it’s certainly not the only one...

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In fact, reflexology isn’t about any one body part in particular. It’s about applying pressure to the ‘reflex points’ of the body – found in the feet, hands, and head – to help stimulate the body and its energy. It’s closely linked with acupuncture, which is based on a very similar philosophy around the body and energy. Whether you personally believe in the ‘energy’ element of these practices, it cannot be denied that there are huge benefits to Reflexology such as relaxation, pain relief, and easing of digestive issues. Different people typically experience different outcomes, with some simply enjoying the massage element, while others find it has a direct impact on their health and wellbeing.

The great thing is...

…that you can achieve the same positive results regardless of the part of the body being worked on. However, it’s not uncommon to experience different sensations or results from hand Reflexology compared with foot or face reflexology as they do focus on slightly different energy points of the body. This is where speaking with a trained Reflexologist is so important as they can help you understand which option is best for you, especially if you are attending Reflexology to address a specific issue. Your Reflexologist may suggest focusing on the points in the hands for certain challenges, and the feet for others. It’s also important to consider that you might also find you enjoy certain forms more than others. For example, many people don’t enjoy having their feet touched, but may enjoy a session focused on their hands or face. Others may prefer foot Reflexology as it’s slightly less intimate than a hand or face focused session.

Another benefit of opting for head or face reflexology is that you can often perform simple Reflexology treatments on yourself. Whereas many people will struggle to gain suitable access to their feet to apply pressure to the right points of the sole, most people can access their own hands or head to apply some simple techniques, and it’s arguably easier to see the points on the hand or face, and ensure you are applying pressure in the right place. But, while there are tutorials available online, you might want to speak to a professional Reflexologist to ask for some techniques you can apply at home. This will ensure you learn the proper methods to achieve the best possible outcomes and keep yourself safe. Being able to do some of these techniques yourself means you can enjoy fast relief when and where you need it, which is ideal for when life gets overwhelming and you perhaps don’t have time to visit your Reflexologist. After all, it’s always good to have options.

As with all things in wellbeing it’s all about what you, your body, and your mind needs. And sometimes it’s simply a case of experimenting to discover what that is. If you’ve avoided Reflexology in the past because you don’t like having your feet touched, perhaps you could try an alternative form and see if that works for you. Or give all three forms a try and see if you do experience different outcomes depending on the body part being worked. You may discover that none really suit you, or you may discover that Reflexology is hugely beneficial and it can be one more thing added to your wellbeing ‘toolbox’ to help you stay healthy and well whatever life throws at you.