Reflexology features a few basic techniques that can be performed either by yourself or by a partner. The basic thumb technique uses the inside edge of the thumb pad (the side away from the fingers) to “Walk” along reflex areas. Walking consists of a forward, creeping movement, with the first joint of the thumb bending and unbending slightly as the digit inches ahead. The finger technique uses the same walking motion but with the edge of the index finger closest to the thumb. When working at a specific area, one hand should work and the other should hold the foot in a comfortable position with the sole flat and toes straight.
Practitioners of reflexology claim that it can relieve a wide variety of ailments. Critics say that treatments are no more than glorified foot massages. Rolfing, also called Structural Integration, is based on the belief that proper alignment of the various parts of the body is necessary for physical and emotional health. The method uses deep massage and movement exercises to loosen or release adhesions in the fascia the connective tissue covering muscles in an effort to bring the body back into correct alignment.
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|Reflexology chart of Hand
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