Foot reflexology and massage in a massage chair


Foot reflexology is a therapeutic technique that involves pressing specific points on the feet, which are believed to be connected to various parts of the body. These points, also called receptors, correspond to individual organs and systems within the body. Practitioners of reflexology use foot charts that show the connections between reflex points and other body areas to precisely locate these receptors. In our post, we will explain what foot reflexology is and how it is reflected in massage chairs.

Reflexology technique

During a foot reflexology session, the therapist applies varying pressure intended to stimulate the appropriate reflex points. It is believed that this stimulation can help trigger the body’s self-healing processes, improving energy flow, circulation, and reducing tension throughout the body.

Although reflexology is not recognized as a medical treatment in the traditional sense, many people experience pain relief, improved well-being, and relaxation after sessions. Additionally, some studies suggest potential benefits, such as reduced stress levels, pain relief, and improved overall quality of life.

Massage chairs and foot reflexology

Reflexology involves pressing specific points on the feet that correspond to individual organs and systems in the body. Massage chairs usually have foot massaging elements that exhibit reflexological actions and are ideal for therapy. Among these are sets of rollers that meticulously and precisely massage the soles of the feet. Often, it is possible to adjust the speed of the rollers, which affects the intensity of the massage and the pressure on individual receptors. The chair also uses air cushions that envelop the feet and hold them in place while the rollers relax tension points. Some models have an acupressure insert (iRest Chillin A360). The feet are pressed by the massage cushions onto the insert, which acts on the appropriate zones and points.

It is worth mentioning models that have rollers of a special shape. Fujiiryoki JP3000 uses special rollers for Shiatsu massage. This massage, like reflexology, is based on a holistic approach to health – appropriate foot massage can affect the overall well-being and welfare of the entire body. The rollers press specific points on the feet, and their stimulation translates into the therapeutic effect of the foot massage. In the JP3000 model, the intensity of the rollers can be adjusted in 3 stages. The iRest Supearl (A336) also features rollers.

Some massage chair models (including the JP3000) have foot heating, which further aids relaxation and improves circulation.

Foot reflexology – benefits

Stimulating specific foot points improves circulation, which is beneficial for body regeneration, and stimulates nerves, which can lead to the release of endorphins and increase the production of serotonin and dopamine, as well as reduce the secretion of cortisol – the stress hormone. Regular use of foot massage can also alleviate tension and pain in various parts of the body, and affect the better functioning of organs associated with the specific points on the feet. Additionally, according to some cultures, both Shiatsu and reflexology aim to harmonize and unblock the flow of life energy, contributing to increased vitality and overall well-being.

As you can see, foot reflexology offers a range of benefits, such as improved circulation, stress reduction, pain relief, and supporting overall well-being through the stimulation of appropriate points on the feet. Massage chairs equipped with a foot massage function can be a good tool to draw benefits from reflexology.

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Published: 2023.03.27

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