How to Relax with Reflexology

How to Relax with Reflexology

Mar 27, 2021

Relax in Less than 30 Minutes


The growing popularity of reflexology proves that many fitness fans understand how important their feet really are. Healthy feet enable you to stay physically active and practice good posture, which can protect you from headaches, back pain, and other health issues all over your body.


Reflexology is an ancient healing art that applies strategic pressure to feet, hands, and ears. The underlying theory is that these areas correspond to various systems throughout your body. For example, when you massage your heels, you’re also helping to align your pelvis.


Studies show that reflexology can be effective for relieving anxiety and physical discomfort. On the other hand, even though more research is required, the experience of Reflexologists is that when it comes to serious conditions like diabetes, cancer or auto-immune conditions, quality of life improves as the patient is more relaxed which allows the body to look after the healing process.


With that in mind, see how you can use these tips to enhance your health and wellbeing by massaging your own feet.


How to Practice Reflexology


1.    Create a peaceful setting. Play soft music and relax. Sit or lie down anywhere that’s comfortable such as your bed or a chair. Place a cushion behind your knees to avoid hyperextension.

2.    Be gentle. Reflexology is safe for most adults as long as you avoid pressing too hard. Take care around bones and joints. Stop if you feel a cramp. Learn appropriate techniques before trying to use your knuckles or props which can be more intense than using your fingers and thumbs.

3.    Loosen up. It’s a good idea to stretch first. Wiggle your toes. Lift your feet up starting at the ankles.

4.    Twist around. Give your feet a hug to wring out tension and make your feet more flexible. Wrap your hands around the middle of your foot, and turn them slowly in opposite directions. Repeat the wringing a little higher, and a little lower until you cover your whole foot.

5.    Stroke your feet. Place your palm on top of your foot, and stroke it from toe to ankle. Repeat on the bottom side. You’ll stimulate your circulation and raise your energy levels.

6.    Consult a professional. Schedule a session to receive more extensive treatment and learn methods you can practice at home. Receiving a treatment by a professional Reflexologist has two aspects to it. First of all, you can deeply relax as you don't have to do anything and second the practitioner will know where to work on your feet based on your medical history and will repeat this during the treatment.

Additional Foot Care Suggestions


1.    Exercise your feet and toes. When was the last time you gave your feet a workout? Take turns walking on your heels and your toes. Try lifting each toe separately and lowering it back down.

2.    Wear comfortable shoes. Do your toes have enough room to move around? Properly fitted shoes can protect you from blisters and provide adequate support for your arches.

3.    Change your socks. Socks can protect you from blisters and odor. Replace them when they wear thin or sprout holes.

4.    Take a break. Prolonged standing or other strains can leave your feet hot and throbbing. Try elevating them on a pillow or plunging them into a herbal bath.

5.    Stay hydrated. Your feet need moisture to fight dry skin. Drink water throughout the day. Dab on moisturizer daily, especially if you feel a blister starting.

6.    Talk with your practitioner. Reflexology is safe, non-invasive and offers great benefits. There are times though that other treatments are necessary. When needed, a professional Reflexologist will refer you so you receive the appropriate support by for example a podiatrist or other specialists when needed.

Use reflexology to help your body relax and heal itself. It’s a quick and easy way to reduce stress, enhance your posture, and strengthen your immune system.

About Anne

Anne Hilarius-Ford is a Holistic Practitioner and a Lifestyle Advocate based in Melbourne, Australia. Now 70, mother of 2 and grandmother of 3, she is passionate to share what life and clients have taught her. Anne is energetic and focussed on living her life to the full and is passionate to give you the confidence to do Greater Later Living.


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