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Title: Reflexology Techniques


1
Reflexology Techniques
  • Part 4 of the Reflexology Presentations

2
Basic Techniques
  • Reflexology consists of many techniques and
    movements. Within this section we are going to
    see a variety of Basic movements and some
    advanced movements.
  • The first movement we are going to see is called
    Effleurage, this movement is a stroking
    movement used to apply the oil and begin to warm
    the foot and relax the client. Effleurage is used
    within the treatment many times, usually at the
    beginning and at the end of the treatment.

3
Basic Techniques
  • Another basic movement we can see is called
    Thumb walking also known as Caterpillar Walk.
    We use this movement for the majority of the
    actual treatment, when we are actually
    manipulating all the body areas.
  • The movement can be carried out by imagining you
    are watching a caterpillar crawling and you
    imagine your thumb to be the caterpillar crawling
    over the foot. This movement often needs practice
    as it is not a movement we familiar with to begin
    with.

4
Basic Techniques
  • One other basic technique used within the
    treatment is Friction circles.This movement is
    carried out by the use of the finger tips,
    applying a small circular movement on the top of
    the foot and using the thumbs on the soles of the
    feet.
  • The movement is usually used at the beginning of
    the treatment in the warm up stage, whereby we
    are beginning to warm the area and relax the
    client and can be used in the final stage of the
    treatment.

5
Advanced Techniques
  • One of the advanced techniques we can use is
    called Spinal Twist.
  • This movement can be used at various stages of
    the treatment. It can be used within the warm
    stage and final stage, but can also be used when
    working on the spine area.
  • The action is as wringing a cloth, the hands are
    placed down the spine on the foot and a wringing
    action is carried out. This movement can be used
    if work on the back area is required.

6
Advanced Techniques
  • Another advanced technique that we use is called
    the Lung Press. This movement again can be used
    in various stages of the treatment. It is a nice
    movement to use at the beginning along with deep
    breathing and also at the final stage of the
    treatment It could be repeated up to three times.
  • The movement is carried out by placing the fist
    over the lung area and gently easing the foot
    towards the client and then back. Whilst the
    foot is being eased towards the clients the
    client can inhale and then exhale on the return
    of the movement.

7
Advanced Techniques
  • The last of the advanced techniques we are
    looking at is Hook and back up. This movement
    is carried out during the actual treatment.
  • It is used when you are locating a deep or a
    small reflex area or point.
  • It is carried out by using the thumb applying
    pressure on the area then pulling the thumb back
    and across the reflex point pushing back in and
    back up.

8
  • Is effleurage used in the warm up stage?
  • a) No b) Yes
  • Thumb walking is used on the spine area?
  • a) True b) False
  • Friction circles is a basic technique?
  • a) No b) Yes
  • Is spinal twist an advanced technique?
  • a) No b) Yes
  • Hook and back up is used on small reflex areas?
  • a) No b) Yes
  • Answers can be found in section 7.
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