If you’re feeling overly tired and stressed, or you suffer from an injury or chronic pain condition, reflexology and Chinese foot massage can help restore your internal balance, increase energy, and relieve pain symptoms. At Miami Center for Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine, acupuncturists Wanyun Tsay, LAc, and Kimberly Hickerson, LAc, rely on their team of licensed massage therapists to perform reflexology and foot massage that helps you feel refreshed and invigorated. To learn more about reflexology, call the office in Miami, Florida, or make an appointment online.
Based on the concept of “zone theory,” reflexology involves a licensed massage therapist applying pressure to certain areas of the feet. According to zone theory, 10 zones divide the human body from head to toe — five zones on the left side of the body and five on the right. These zones have endpoints along the bottom of the feet.
During reflexology, your therapist uses their hands to massage the zones on your feet. As your feet relax, all of your body parts within that zone begin to rebalance. Thus, reflexology can address concerns about your organs, tissues, and all other structures within your whole body.
Chinese foot massage involves applying pressure to specific areas of the feet (and sometimes the hands). Rather than using zone therapy as a guide, Chinese foot massage is based on the principles of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM).
According to TCM, energy known as qi flows through the body along pathways called meridians. These meridians terminate at points along on the bottom of the feet. By applying pressure to these points, the therapist releases blocked qi to restore balance and address specific health concerns.
Reflexology and foot massage relieves tension and stress as well as many types of foot pain. They can also promote better sleep and improve your overall mood.
The treatment offers relief and immune support for a variety of additional conditions, such as:
The therapists at Miami Center for Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine combine reflexology and foot massage with other therapeutic techniques, such as Swedish or Thai massage.
Reflexology sessions typically take 30-60 minutes. Your therapist first reviews your health history and discusses your current symptoms and goals for your treatment.
While you recline comfortably in bare feet, your therapist uses fingers, thumbs, knuckles, or massage tools to apply pressure to specific points on your feet and toes. They may also use flowing massage strokes and stretches that help calm your body and leave you feeling relaxed and refreshed at the end of your session.
To schedule an appointment for reflexology and foot massage at Miami Center for Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine, call the office or book online today.