Reflexology massage is real, but it's likely not what you think it is. The terms "reflexology" and "massage" are not the same, but you may see them used together. Depending on context, that combination could be correct or could be wrong. Confused yet? Don't worry. Learning about reflexology massage is easy. Back in Balance Wellness Center offers massage therapy in Bangor and can add in reflexology when needed.
What Do These Terms Mean?
Massage is the general term for a range of practices, from basic kneading of shoulder muscles to deep tissue massage. Reflexology is a pressure-application method reminiscent of acupressure, but it uses only the hands, feet, and ears, and it is not just a shortened version of acupressure. The idea is that you have zones on your feet, hands, and ears that correspond to parts all over your body, from your skin to your organs. By manipulating these zones, a reflexologist can help you address health issues in those parts corresponding to points on the hands, ears, and feet.
Massage can involve reflexology, but reflexology does not mean you're getting a massage. If you see the term "reflexology massage," one of two things is happening: either the person who wrote the term does not know the two modalities are different (this mistake is frustratingly common), or someone is offering massage with reflexology included. Note that massage therapists have to be licensed. In other words, a reflexologist will not give you a massage unless he or she holds a massage license. Similarly, reflexologists have to meet state and national standards for licensure and certification.
Just as massage can help your muscles relax, so too can reflexology lead to relaxation. The reflexologist isn't massaging pressure zones and creating relaxation the way a massage therapist does. Instead, it's the enhanced nerve communication between the treated spot and the brain that leads to relaxation. The relaxation caused by placing pressure on these different zones combines with the relaxation from massage to make you feel very comfortable and calm. If you have chronic pain, this might be a treatment to look into because the extra relaxation can lead to less tension in your muscles and tendons.
Give Reflexology a Try
Back in Balance Wellness Center in Bangor offers different massage therapies and can help you decide if reflexology is something you want to add in. Call us at (207) 947-8077 to discuss treatments and set an appointment.