S it back and relax, while trained hands work deftly on
your feet or your hands, kneading away aches and pains from
the right places without even being told. It may tickle at times,
but more often than not, a reflexology treatment is a great way
to unwind and de-stress.
According to reflexology, diseases, stress or wound can
cause imbalances in the human body, which may block vital
energy pathways, preventing the body from functioning
properly. Reflexology can repair and restore the bodyís natural
equilibrium and encouraging healing. It serves as a balm for
aching hands and feet. Reflexology is based on the theory that
applying pressure on certain parts of the body can help to heal
other problems too. Thus one treatment can combat stressrelated
syndromes, backache, sleeping disorders, headaches, subfertility
issues and hormonal concerns. More than anything else
though, the feeling that envelops you as a trained reflexologist
works away at your muscles is incomparably tranquilising.
Reflexology is available at many spas and high-end salons. A
reflexologist will clean your feet and start massaging the pressure
points on your feet and hand; the massage can take anything
between 15 to 20 minutes and an hour. The therapist should
understand the blockages in the body and release them. With
regular use, the effect becomes apparent in the entire body.
There are many different varieties of reflexology ó
Standard or Ingham reflexology: Among the most common type of reflexology used, standard reflexology and zone therapy have a slightly different ethos. But if you went to see a therapist and didnít know which you were receiving, youíd imagine that they were the same. Both are based on the theory of zones.
Vertical Reflex Therapy (VRT): Itís carried out while standing or with oneís hands resting on a desk or book. Usually lasting for about 10 to 15 minutes, it heightens the effects of standard reflexology and may be useful for sportspersons and older people.
5 Elements reflexology: Itís based on the Chinese principles of the five elements ó earth, fire, wood, metal and water, and the theory of meridians running through your body. It aims to provide total healthcare and balance and covers nutrition too.
Morell Technique:This is an extremely light treatment.
Keep in mind
Reflexology is a relaxing and therapeutic experience, but certain
precautions must be taken. Inform your therapist about any
treatment or medication you may be on. Pregnant women should
also be cautious about receiving such treatment. Instances like recent
surgeries or injuries (like a broken ankle or arm) must be reported.
You donít have to have squeaky clean hands and feet before
a treatment. In fact, it is recommended that you donít get
a pedicure before the treatment as the hard skin can be an
indication of imbalance.
With inputs from Rekha Chaudhari, Spa Expert at JCKRC Spa
Destination Pvt Ltd and owner of Caressaa Day Spa. JCKRC
represents many internationally acclaimed spa brands. Chaudhariís
clients include many standalone and five star hotel salons and
franchisees. She is credited with devising innovative new spa
treatments and is an expert on spa services and treatments.
During your holidays in select Club Mahindra resorts, you
may avail of reflexology treatments for your weary hands and
feet at their Svaastha spas.