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Why foot reflexology is NOT a foot massage

Updated: Sep 1, 2021

Last week I started a series to inform individuals of the differences between a reflexology session and massage. This week I am going to be talking about the scope of practice in reflexology.

Reflexology is a non-invasive complementary practice. One of the advantages of reflexology is that it can be performed anywhere. In some practices a reflexologist may use a massage table, others may use a recliner, you can even have a reflexology session simply sitting in a chair. Another difference between a reflexology session and a massage, is that the reflexologist will ask the client to only remove their socks and shoes. The reason is that reflexology is limited primarily to the feet, hands, face and ears. So there is no need to remove any other garments. One of the similarities between reflexology and massage is that we both use our hands. But a reflexologist will use specific hand, thumb and finger techniques on the reflexes to stimulate the neural pathways to encourage the body to balance itself. A balanced body is a healthy body.

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