This is a question that we get asked a lot… What is the difference between Reflexology and a regular foot massage?
To put it simply, massage works with the muscles and reflexology works with the nerves.
Did you know that there are 7,200 nerve endings in each hand and each foot? Through reflexology, an exercised pressure is applied to the reflex areas formed by the nerve endings in the hands and feet. Nerves instruct the body, nerves respond to stimuli and reflexology is a form of stimuli which encourages improved instruction thus persuading the body to biologically correct. Working to re-educate, re-pattern and re-condition the nerves through the neural-electrical system of the body.
Reflexology is in NO WAY connected to Massage Therapy. It is a completely different healing modality. In fact, the Massage Therapy Licensure Law, Act 118 of 2008, clearly stipulates that Reflexology is exempt from massage therapy licensure.
“The two modalities, massage therapy and reflexology, are separate and distinct practices.”
As nerve function improves, the instruction it gives to the body improves, therefore, the health of the body must improve. Your sensory nerves carry messages to the brain called stimuli, which is converted to your motor nerves.