Reflexologists believe there are pressure points in the feet and hands that correspond with certain organs of the body. When stimulated, these pressure points can help improve the health of their corresponding body parts. I have personally practiced reflexology on myself, and I feel that it has had a positive impact on my health. But which are more effective in practicing reflexology: the feet or the hands?
Reflexology in the Feet
While both the feet and the hands have pressure points, and both are effective in practicing reflexology, the feet are more powerful in this therapy treatment. The pressure points in your feet stimulate the nerve pathways and organs more vigorously than those in your hands. This means you will begin feel faster, more effective results.
Besides, we spend so much time on our feet, putting a lot of stress on the soles and, consequently, the pressure points in our feet. A reflexology session does wonders in relieving that stress.
Reflexology in the Hands
However, there are some situations in which it may be preferred to work with the hands instead. For example, severe arthritis may make it extremely painful to apply pressure to the feet. If it becomes too painful for yourself or the person on whom you are practicing, cease treatment immediately.
If the patient is seriously ill, hand treatments are preferable to working with the feet. Because the pressure points are so much more effective in the feet, the therapy might cause more toxins than usual to build up quickly in these areas. If you or your patient is ill, or if they have a disorder or injury to the foot, avoid foot treatments until you have received a doctor’s advice.
Some people might simply prefer to receive hand reflexology sessions. Treatment can be given anywhere, at any time. There are no socks to remove. It is usually less intimidating and more soothing for anyone from children to adults. However, it is always a good idea to ask for their preferences and to tailor the session appropriately.
While foot reflexology is usually more effective than hand sessions, it is always a good idea to consult with a doctor when the patient has an injury — fracture, broken bone, or skin wound — or suffers from a disorder, such as ulcers or gout.
Reflexology: Where to Begin and Precautions to Take
The Ohio State University Medical Center