Reflexology is more than just a simple massage. Technicians can soothe your internal structures by targeting specific pressure points. NY1's Jill Urban filed the following report.
It may look like a simple foot rub, but reflexology is much more. This ancient holistic treatment targets pressure points that can soothe and heal your body and soul.
"There are reflex points in your hands and feet and they correspond to every part of your body, so by applying pressure to these points it sends the message through the body to the corresponding organ or glad or area of the body or system they're in to relax," says Chantel Lucier, a certified reflexologist and manager of Angel Feet Reflexology in Manhattan.
Lucier says imagine reflexology as an internal massage. While a regular massage deals with the fascia and muscles, reflexology deals with internal structures like organs and glands. It’s all based on a chart or map that associates spots on the hands and feet to specific internal systems.
"You could imagine the entire body is just reflected on the hands and feet, so if you were to hold your hands or your feet together where the liver is on that side of the spleen or the adrenal glands are exactly in proportion in the hands and feet," says Lucier.
So by applying pressure using a specific finger walking technique, a technician triggers a reflexology point to send a message to the targeted area. She says this practice increases circulation and blood flow and ultimately reduces stress.
"When you feel a reflexologist applying pressure to your hands or feet they are going towards this kind of gathering of those nerve fibers that change in the tissue texture and breaking it up so it can send that message back to that corresponding area to relax," says Lucier.
Now the nice thing about reflexology is while you can have it done at a salon or a spa, it's also the kind of thing you could learn to do at home.
"You can absolutely do it at home," says Lucier.
So if you are looking to feel good from head to toe, you may want to put your feet in good hands and give reflexology a try.