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We all know that having our feet massaged feels good - especially after a hard day of work. A good feeling can lead to endorphin release and decreased stress.
During a session, the reflexologist will apply pressure to the hands and/or feet - according to a reflexology foot map. Different spots will, theoretically, have an effect on different internal organs. So, you press on spot X on the sole of the foot, and reportedly healing takes place in, say, internal organ Y.
Reflexology tools are based on a map that traces the reflexes in the human body. According to some reflexologists, stimulating nerve endings in these extremities has an effect on the whole body’s nervous system, which promotes healing.
It can help us to think of the way acupuncture works. For example, an acupuncturist may place a needle in the foot to "unblock" energy in the liver. Or a needle placed in the ear can have a calming effect on the nervous system, thus help with anxiety.
The incorporation of heated rocks adds another dimension to your reflexology session. The Reflexologist uses warm stones to help relax the muscles in the lower leg and feet. The stones also help to stimulate reflex points at the bottom of the feet.
The most common stones for Hot Stone Reflexology are basalt stones, a dark colored stone made of volcanic rock. Basalt contains titanium and iron compounds that allow it to hold heat very well. The practitioner will use an electric stone heater, filled with water, which will gradually warm the rocks to a certain temperature.
Hot Stone Reflexology is very popular with those suffering from cold hands and feet. But, you don’t need colds hands or feet to appreciate the warmth and relaxation of the hot stones. The heat penetrates deeply into the muscles and can allow greater access for the Reflexologist to get into the reflex points.
A hot stone Foot Reflexology session in the winter can be a good way to temporarily warm the body, without having to expose more skin than the feet. Reflexology relaxes the body, mind and spirit.
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