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What is Thai Foot Reflexology?

Thai foot reflexology applies pressure to particular areas of the soles of the feet using thumbs, fingers, knuckles and a wooden Thai foot massage stick.
Women doing traditional Thai massage

Introduction

Reflexology is an ancient therapy known to promote the body’s healing powers. Practitioners have practiced foot reflexology for centuries in countries such as India and China. It is suitable for any age group, from babies to seniors. Other types of reflexology include hand reflexology and ear reflexology.
Reflexology is much more than a foot massage. It is a natural healing therapy that is highly effective in dealing with many health complaints. A foot massage can promote relaxation but does not have long-term effects. Foot reflexology promotes equilibrium and well-being with a long-lasting impact.
According to Thai medicine, the feet are a mirror of the body. Each foot has ten reflex zones, and each reflex zone corresponds to a part of the body. Specific manipulation and pressure of the reflex points reduce blockages in the corresponding glands or organs, restoring a healthy balance.
Foot reflexology is the art of applying pressure to different points on your foot. By applying pressure to these points, you can stimulate these organs, which results in better health.
There are many benefits of foot reflexology. First, a reflexology treatment will stimulate the organs, blood, lymphatic and nervous systems. Treatments will also bring relaxation and stress relief to the recipient and help relieve some illnesses, headaches and migraines.

Treatments

A typical Thai foot reflexology treatment begins with a practitioner cleaning the recipient’s feet. Traditionally, practitioners wash the recipient’s feet in a bowl, but they can also clean the foot with a wet cloth.
A foot reflexology treatment always begins on the left side, so the practitioner wraps the right foot up in a towel before starting on the left foot.
There are five parts to a foot reflexology treatment. The practitioner will warm up the foot with some Thai foot stretches and then do preliminary work using a reflexology stick. The practitioner will then massage the recipient’s feet before starting the reflexology treatment. Once the practitioner has finished the reflex points, they will massage the recipient’s leg and begin the entire sequence on the right side.
The receiver’s feet should be within comfortable distance from the practitioner. The best position for the receiver is to sit in a reclining chair. In this case, the practitioner sits on a stool. But a receiver may also lie down on a massage mat. In this case, the practitioner will sit on the floor and prop up the recipient’s feet with a bolster or pillow.

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