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What is massage? What is reflexology? What's the difference?

Massage therapy is the manipulation of superficial tissues and deeper layers of muscle to enhance good function of the body, aid in the healing process, and promote relaxation and well-being.  Manipulation means applying pressure which can be structured, unstructured, stationary, or moving pressure applied with hands, fingers, arms, elbow and feet.  There are over eighty different recognized massage modalities.

Reflexology is a therapeutic method that implies the stimulation of predefined pressure points, which form a reflexology map, on the feet, hands and face.  These pressure points are reputed to connect directly through the nervous system and affect the bodily organs and glands.  The manipulation of reflex points varies from static pressure, moving pressure and circular movements, in order to stimulate those specific points.

A simple conclusion is that massage is mainly a manipulation of muscles and reflexology is the stimulation of reflex points which form the reflexology foot/hand or face map.

Both therapies are very relaxing (when the pressure and technique is suitable for the client) however, if massage has a broader spectrum of techniques, then reflexology will follow the same reflex points map and these need to correctly be detected in order for the therapy to work and have results.

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