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What is reflexology?

Reflexology is a healing art that has been practiced in many cultures for centuries.

It is based on the principle that there are reflex maps in each foot and hand. These maps correspond to all body parts and organs.

When pressure techniques and massage are applied to your hands and feet, it causes physical changes in your body.

Reflexology benefits

Reflexology creates a relaxation response. This supports the body, mind and spirit to enter into its natural healing state.

Reflexology helps to:

  • decrease pain, nausea, anxiety
  • balance physical and emotional symptoms

Reflexology may also be used to help prevent illness and maintain wellness as part of a healthy lifestyle.

Reflexology sessions

You are fully clothed. You lie in bed or on a massage table, or you sit in a chair.

The reflexologist will apply pressure to your hands or feet using various thumb, finger, and hand techniques over the reflex areas that connect to your body. Pressure will not go outside your comfort level.

After the session, you may feel calm, relaxed and revitalized.

Reflexologist qualifications

Reflexologists at Allina Health hospitals have received national certification by the American Reflexology Certification Board.

Reflexology and insurance

If you receive reflexology during your hospital stay, there is no cost for this service.

For more information, talk with your nurse or doctor.

The Penny George Institute for Health and Healing offers reflexology services at these locations:

Content Source: Allina Patient Education, Reflexology, gen-ahc-14885
Review Date: 6/21/2011
Reviewed By: Lori Knutson, RN, BSN, HNB-BC

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