Reflexology or “zone therapy” is another non-traditional method of massage therapy. Without the use of oils or other balms, reflexology utilizes the body’s natural reflexes in participants’ hands and feet through a series of specific thumb, finger and hand techniques.
The body is divided into 10 different zones during different sessions by the practitioner. Pressure applied to the feet travels through these “zones” via nerve signals and is thought to relieve muscle tension and pain throughout the body.It also releases hormones such as dopamine and endorphins to It is believed to relieve pain.
However, this evidence is not fully supported by research. Therefore, reflexology can be used for short-term, mild pain relief, but should not be used for serious medical problems. Still, any elderly person with mild pain can use reflexology, and sessions can last up to an hour in more extreme cases.
Reflexology is a good option for those looking for a short-term solution to mild pain.
Reflexology divides the body into 10 “zones” and uses nerve signals to relieve muscle tension.