By Sam Belyea a.k.a. The Foot Whisperer
Here’s the difference: The part of the body that is pressed. Otherwise they are the same.
The premise of Reflexology is ability to access the entire body via the extremities, regardless of what extremity is chosen. Certain Reflexology programs or teachers will only teach one or two of the four schools; however they all are valid and have been practiced for a long time in cultures across the globe.
Zone Therapy is the Western equivalent to the meridians of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Instead of needles we use pressure with the hands to stimulate reflex points and instruct clients on self-care. If you cannot bend over to touch your feet, then hands, face, and ears can be worked in their place. The goal is wellness through touch.
On all four major extremities the reflex points are the same. Right matches right, left matches left. All surfaces of the Feet, Hands, Face, and Ears are used (not just top and/or bottom). Everything is observed from skin to nails, shape and previous injury, even color, piercings, and painful areas. All based on the theory of a part reflecting the whole.
So which should you choose?
Foot Reflexology: When experiencing foot and/or lower body joint pain, lower digestive discomfort, and trouble releasing deep stress
Hand Reflexology: When experiencing hand and/or upper body joint pain, upper digestive discomfort, and headaches
Face Reflexology: When experiencing facial tics, sinus pressure, jaw discomfort, and/or would like a non-surgical toning of the facial muscles
Ear Reflexology: When experiencing any chronic ear or inner ear discomfort, deep spinal issues, the need for a rush of endorphins, or want to learn an easy form of self-care throughout the day
There are many benefits to self-Reflexology and receiving the work from a professional Reflexologist. Ideally all treatments should make you feel comforted and relaxed. Be sure to ask your Reflexologist questions about the four schools of Reflexology to better understand which type suits your needs.