What Is Thai Reflexology
Thai Reflexology is the application of pressure to specific areas of the soles of the feet, and lower legs from the ankle to just above the knee, and includes stretching and acupressure, to stimulate reflex points.
Thai Reflexology has elements of Shiatsu, Reflexology, and Chinese massage, incorporated into the treatment. Thai Reflexology, offered at Essential Therapy, includes the use of a traditional Thai foot massage stick as well as using the palms, fingers, thumbs and knuckles to work the feet. Thai Reflexology massage is both invigorating and deeply relaxing.
Only the lower legs are exposed during Thai foot massage, making it the ideal treatment in most settings. Thai Reflexology is very accessible therapy, and can take place in the home, workplace or a variety of venues.
In massage therapy treatments, the feet do not always receive the attention they deserve. The foot is a powerful and intricate structure, containing over 7,000 nerve endings, more than 100 muscles, 26 bones, and 33 joints. When you consider the work they do and the huge weight they have to bear daily, surly they deserve more consideration.
Sport Recovery and Rehabilitation
Thai Reflexology is an effective modality, both in pre and post event physical activity. Foot massage can help relax leg muscles and it will also contribute to full-body relaxation and a reduction of stress and anxiety. Foot and leg massage will improve flexibility, and alleviate discomfort, caused by lactic acid around your muscles. Recovery time between sports practice and events is reduced. This helps keep your body in prime condition for the next event, and alleviate issues such as, tight hamstrings, tight quads, shin splints, plantar fasciitis, and ankle and knee joint pain.
Remedial Foot Massage
Thai Reflexology massage is a “panacea” for workers engaged in prolonged periods of static standing, which is repeated several times a week. Those workers who are most at risk include: retail staff, hospitality staff, assembly line workers, security staff, engineers, catering staff, library assistants, hair stylists and laboratory technicians. Leg and foot massage can improve postural misalignment and reduce resulting chronic pain. Distorted posture can lead to shortening of lower back and hip muscles, which in turn causes pain in the lower back, hips and knees.
Prolonged standing is linked to heart disease, and other circulatory disorders. Thai Reflexology may help prevent those associated health problems including, varicose veins, swelling in the feet and legs, foot problems, joint damage, and pregnancy difficulties.
Thai Reflexology is suitable for men, women and children of all ages. It may be suitable for pregnant women who are past the first trimester, and who do not have any medical complications. A full consultation is carried out before commencing, to determine if the treatment is compatible. If you have any serious medical conditions take medication, or have any foot infections, it is advisable to check with your general practitioner before making an appointment.
History of Thai Reflexology
The origin of Thai Reflexology dates back more than two millennia, originating in China, and is common practice throughout Thailand. Treatment includes working on ‘Sen’ lines, derived from the Ayurveda tradition and is the equivalent to the meridians of Traditional Chinese Medicine. The techniques of Thai Reflexology are thought to remove stagnant, negative energy and re-invigorate positive energy in the body.
Thai Reflexology and western Reflexology share the same school of thought that the global anatomy of the human body, can be mapped out on the feet. The theory of tracing the body and internal organs on the feet is probably derived from Traditional Chines Medicine (TCM), who also employs a similar mapping network on the ears and hands.
Thai Reflexology differs from western Reflexology, in that it utilises precise reflex points on the feet and ankles that correspond with the client’s internal organs, to gauge their health condition. The Reflexology practitioner will then use mainly thumb techniques to rectify any anomalies, which may be causing congestion or tension.
The aim of Thai Reflexology is to stimulate reflex points on the feet, in order to activate the internal organs generally and encourage an unimpeded floe of energy throughout the body using an extensive range of massage techniques.