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Reflexology versus Acupressure

As the term suggests, complementary therapies complement rather than replace traditional medicine, including acupressure. It’s prudent that you inform both your complementary therapist and medical physician about which conditions are plaguing you and seeking help with. It’s clear that over time, many of the benefits offered by complementary therapies have grown in popularity and are now widely recognized, some even being covered by health plans. So what are these complementary therapies? There are a number of them which include but are not limited to:

Acupressure      Acupuncture
Aromatherapy  Hypnotherapy
Massage             Meditation
Reflexology       Reiki
TaiChi                 Yoga

Practicing reflexology is what I do. So how does my work differ from that of an Acupressurist?

First, reflexology and acupressure are both non-invasive forms of body work where pressure is applied to specific points or zones on the body aimed at relieving pain and other issues. However, acupressure points do not always coincide with the reflex points used in reflexology. Both are “reflex” therapies as they work with points on a part of the body to affect other parts of the body. While reflexology uses reflexes that are in an orderly arrangement resembling the shape of the human body on the feet, hands, and ears, acupressure uses over 800 reflex points that are found along energy lines called meridians that run the length and every organ of the entire body. Acupressure emerges out of traditional Chinese medicine where body work is combined with prescriptions for herbs and discussions about diet and lifestyle. Reflexology comes from traditions developed in ancient China, India, and the Middle East. Reflexology involves massage of the feet, lower leg and hands. We Reflexology Therapists believe that every body part, organ and gland is linked with a corresponding area on the foot. By applying gentle to firm pressure to targeted reflexes there is a positive effect on the corresponding part of the body. Only pressure acceptable by an individual’s tolerance is applied; the techniques are very soothing and relaxing. Suffice it to say, relieving stress by using the foot as our roadmap, is the goal of a Reflexologist. Stress affects all aspects of our life, so being on the receiving end of having one’s stress dissipated makes us relaxed and therefore happy and wholesome again. Take charge of your well-being and get to feeling happy. Contact me for more information or to schedule an appointment.

Image used: “Foot Massage,” Taken on March 28, 2012, CC by 2.0



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