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Relaxing with Reflexology

The aspect of relaxing with the help of reflexology not only refers to a foot massage. It certainly means more than that. It refers to a well defined a well planned and systematically carried out thoroughly.

The basics can be easily picked up. It starts with a few finger and thumb techniques combined with a guide map that enables you to start right away. Hand reflexology is also included where the the reflex points of your hand are worked on instead of your foot.

The most common technique is the thumb walk where the outside edge of the thumb is used to take small 'bites' of the foot or the hand, by applying gentle and steady pressure as you continue. Another technique is the finger walk, where you use the edge of your finger (index), to to take similar 'bites' on the hand or foot.

The pressure can be concentrated on a single point as in the case of the hook and back up technique. The thumb is placed on the reflex point and pulled slightly back, especially in a tender area. The single finger grip enables you to apply pressure to small points to reflex points on the hand. In short, the key feature of reflexology is 'pressure.'

The choice of the technique depends, not on the size of the area, but how much pressure is required that will make you feel good. Experts suggest that reflexology can easily be followed even at home while you are watching your favorite soap on television. It can easily be made a part of your daily routine. They recommend a regular practice of minimum five minutes a day, more effective if it can be extended to 10-15 minutes a day. If you are concentrating on a specific area of concern, the total time can surely be increased. In case of a chronic or recurrent problem, a longer session can be undertaken, once or twice a week.

The session can be started by a few minutes of relaxation, such as pressing between the toes, across the sole gradually working towards the top of the feet. Press between the fingers and cross the palms. It is important to loosen those hands and feet. Next work on the top of your left foot, then down the foot , applying pressure to the entire foot. When you work your foot a second time try to apply pressure on the tender points and specific areas.

Continue pressing those pressure areas four to five times, as well as the adjoining points, before you proceed to the next area. Always start at the top and gradually go to the bottom areas, keeping in mind the special points, working out the same on the hands. Finish with some minutes of relaxation. The amount of the 'pressure' you feel depends also on the sensitivity of your hands.

What is important is that the pressure should make you feel hurt good.

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