Reflexology dates back to ancient times, and is a non-invasive method that promotes balance in the body. By applying pressure to certain points on the feet, it can help in relieving stress, boosting circulation, reducing pain, and enhancing overall wellbeing. Our experienced reflexologist is ready to help you harness the power of this time-honored practice.
*Please note: Reflexology is only offered in my home clinic in Braeside St. Albert
At Alternative Acupuncture, I combine European and Thai Reflexology techniques dependent on what is needed for best results session to session. European Reflexology is a complementary therapy that involves the application of pressure to specific points on the feet, hands, or ears. It is based on the principle that these areas, known as reflex points or reflexes, correspond to different organs and systems within the body. In Reflexology, stimulating these points can promote healing, balance the body's energy, and induce a state of relaxation.
The primary concept behind reflexology is that the feet, hands, and ears contain a map of the entire body, and by manipulating specific points on these areas, practitioners can influence the corresponding organs and systems. The goal is to improve overall well-being and support the body's natural ability to heal itself.
Reflexologists use various techniques, including finger pressure, thumb-walking, and massaging, to stimulate the reflex points. The pressure applied is generally firm but not painful. Reflexology is considered a holistic therapy, aiming to address the individual as a whole rather than targeting specific symptoms. It is often used as a complementary approach to conventional medical care.
Thai Reflexology is a traditional healing practice that combines elements of traditional Thai massage and reflexology techniques. Similar to European Reflexology, Thai Reflexology focuses on specific points on the feet, hands, and ears that correspond to various organs and systems in the body. However, Thai Reflexology incorporates additional elements from Thai massage, such as stretching and massage techniques, making it a unique and holistic approach to healing.
In Thai Traditional Medicine, energy flows through the body along pathways called "Sen Lines." Thai reflexology incorporates the concept of Sen Lines, and practitioners work on specific points along these energy pathways to stimulate and balance the flow of energy.
In Thai Reflexology, practitioners often use a wooden stick or other tools to apply pressure to reflex points on the feet. This can involve both massaging and stretching techniques, providing a more dynamic and invigorating experience compared to some other forms of reflexology. Thai reflexology sessions may include elements of traditional Thai massage, such as compression, stretching, and joint mobilization. This combination of techniques aims to enhance overall well-being, improve flexibility, and release tension in both the feet and the entire body.
Clients remain fully clothed during a Reflexology session. Loose and comfortable clothing is often recommended to allow for ease of movement during the stretching and massage techniques.
Reflexology sessions are performed either on my treatment table or on a “zero-gravity” chair, whichever is most comfortable for my clients.
European and Thai Reflexology is generally considered safe when performed by trained and experienced practitioners. However, it may not be suitable for everyone, particularly for individuals with certain foot and hand conditions or specific health issues like diabetic neuropathy, foot infections, ulcers or wounds, severe fungal infections, warts etc. It's important for individuals to consult with a healthcare professional before trying reflexology if they have underlying health concerns.
Reflexology is not a regulated profession in the Province of Alberta.