When speaking with clients I am often asked...is reflexology a massage? This is a common misconception. Reflexology and massage are two very different therapeutic treatments. According to The Reflexology Association of Canada, here's how they are different:
Reflexology & Massage
Although different therapies, different is good. Reflexology and massage treatments compliment each other and both can help your health and well-being.
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When I moved to Jakarta, Indonesia I spent a lot of time exploring my new hood Tibet Timur. Much to my delight, I quickly discovered the spas were as plentiful as Tim Horton’s and, just as affordable. Once I got over my initial shyness, I embarked upon the spa circuit indulging in weekly facial treatments and massages. It was fantastic! (Unfortunately, I have not been as relaxed or fresh-faced since Indonesia).
Because I was so busy with the spas, it was 6 months before I wandered into the foot reflexology centre (a mere 3-minute walk from our house). And, boy oh boy, I wish I had ventured in there sooner. Before I was comfortably reclined in a chair, I was aware that the feet were a map of your body and reflexology was a natural therapeutic treatment but that was all I knew. I had never had a reflexology treatment and did not speak Bahasa Indonesian, so...I was not entirely sure of what I had gotten myself into.
What's going on with my feet?
But what I did get very quickly was when the reflexologist touched certain areas of my feet I almost flew out of the chair. To say, my feet were tender in spots would be an understatement. After my first chair flip, the reflexologist gently informed me, "stomach, stomach."
For as long as I can remember I have had digestive issues so this was not surprising. The therapist continued to gently work on my sore spots (which I now know was my entire digestive tract) and I left feeling relaxed. I knew I would be back.
Get me back in that chair!
And, back I went; once a week for six months (yes, it was that affordable). With each session, I noticed my feet were a little less tender until the tenderness was gone. Although, I could not communicate with the therapist my body talked to me. I was relaxed (OMG! Lovely), I slept better, and my digestive system was running smoothly. I have been a reflexology convert ever since.
Reflexology & Me Today
When my contract was not renewed at the school board, it opened the door for me to pursue reflexology. I knew how reflexology had helped facilitate my body's natural ability to heal itself and I wanted to be able to help others so becoming a certified reflexologist was the perfect vehicle for me to do this. I also returned to the world of writing. As a writer, the days are quiet but an injection of people is the perfect compliment for inspiration to thrive. I am thrilled to be able to combine all of the things that make me happy.
I am indebted to Indonesia for many things, one of which is the introduction to reflexology. Thank you to Janet Williams and Kit Walker at Footsteps Reflexology Inc. for teaching me about feet :)