Interestingly reflexology acts as a type of a physical mantra — the sensation of feeling the fingers and hands applying pressure to the feet, cannot help but take attention away from the chatter of thoughts in our brains, to what is being experienced through the feet.
This focus of attention gives a meditative quality to a reflexology session — a profound, detachment from the everyday concerns of life.
Meditation has been shown to cause the release of endorphins and the other feel, good factors which I have previously mentioned, but in combination with ‘effective’ reflexology, a cornucopia of endogenous chemicals flood the brain with the potential of immense, therapeutic value.
It is not just the gentle touch which evokes this response, although in certain individuals this may be required — as I have said, there is not a one size fits all type of contact, and each person needs variations of techniques to suit their individuality. I have patients who get into the meditative ‘zone’ only when more robust and focused contacts are applied.