Published on : 20 May 20203 min reading time
It is a massage technique that comes to us from Ancient Egypt (2330 B.C.). Reflexology has crossed the centuries and dynasties through India, China and America.
Reflexology is based on the principle that certain areas of our body (hands, feet or even the head) represent a cartography of the human body and that thanks to pressure points, we can rebalance our organism and soothe pain.
It was democratized in the 1930s by the American physiotherapist Eunice Ingham, who then took up this theory and verified the location of each organ on the foot by working on thousands of cases at St Peterburg Hospital in Tampa, Florida. She thus elaborates the cartography of the reflex zones that we currently know. It is only at the end of the 19th century that reflexology will arrive in Europe.
Today, there are 4 specialties in reflexology: foot reflexology (foot), palm reflexology (hand), ear reflexology (ear) and facial reflexology (face).
Reflexology, for whom?
Reflexology will be of interest to anyone wishing to treat themselves without the need for medication. It will allow to relieve pain by treating areas of the body in an extremely precise way. If you have shoulder pain, for example, simply locate this part of the body on your hand or foot and massage the area in question. Several sessions may be necessary depending on the pathology.
It is also a great technique for a global rebalancing of the body. Reflexology will indeed make it possible to treat lack of sleep, irritability or overwork by stimulating the circulation of energy flows. This technique will allow you to obtain a global well-being of body and mind.
You can practice reflexology independently by choosing a dedicated book or go see a specialist. Some spas also offer reflexology treatments.
Where can I try reflexology?
Find our reflexologies at Spa Aquatonic :
- Aquatonic Saint-Malo: Foot Reflexology, Total Balance Reflexology, Emotional Cranial Reflexology, Emotional
- Hand Reflexology, Emotional Foot Reflexology, Total Well-Being Emotional Reflexologies.
- Aquatonic Rennes: Foot Reflexology, Total Balance Reflexology, Cranial Reflexology Launch.
- Aquatonic Nantes : Foot Reflexology, Total Balance Reflexology, Cranial Reflexology.
- Aquatonic Paris Val d’Europe: Foot Reflexology, Total Balance Reflexology, Cranial Reflexology.
Stretching for a good wake-up call
A good day begins with a good wake-up call, the awakening of the body. It does not take much time and you will immediately feel the difference:
Lying in bed, bring your knees to your chest and make small circles in one direction and then the other.
Sitting at the edge of the bed, with your back straight and your feet on the ground, make slight head movements from top to bottom and then from left to right, always returning to the centre when you move from one side to the other.
Stand up, bring your arms up and stretch, keeping your heels firmly on the ground.
Spread your feet slightly apart, legs outstretched, hands on your waist. Make circles with your pelvis in one direction, then in the other.
Still standing, feet at pelvis width, gently roll your head and then your spine until you touch your toes. Unroll your back in the same way, starting with your spine.
Your body is now awake and you are ready to start your day!