Foot massage works warm + fuzzy part of the nervous system while Reflexology works precise pinpoint locator parts + targets specfic stresses.
What follows was an exchange about whether or not it really makes a difference on how you describe your work. Here are some highlights:
That's why we should incorporate both in a session. The foot massage relaxes the foot to allow for better results with the reflexology points.
I agree with Sue it should be part of...I dont nknow about you all, but I do a little of it all on the foot.
I like that clarification.
Desserts and not massage. As my teacher would say. Desserts are reflexology techeques used to warm up and loosen the feet. Also a great way to finish off the session.
My comment: I do desserts and not any massaging. I see desserts as movement techniques and not really massage. My messengers are pressure stretch and movement. I never really just rub the foot or hands. I am trying to target specific stressors in the feet and hands
My comment: The Chinese use foot massage and reflxology interchangibly. It is definitely not warm and fuzzy. I offer Reflexology if they want foot massage they can go elsewhere. I am admitted purist. I am targeting the proprioceptors. I know that foot massage causes relaxation response but I am targeting specific stressors.
A lot of the desserts are fundamental massage movements designed to warm up the foot prior to reflex work and hooking. We do reflexology but there is no shame in admitting some of the relaxation moves or desserts have their foundation in massage. Sue
I agree with Sue. (the above comment).
My comment: Here us the rub Sue. (excuse the pun) I could not disagree with you more. Where are these technique documented as massage techniques and not unique to reflexology? We documented on purpose the traditional techniques of reflexology on purpose to perserve them in 1980.Let me explain why that matters. It is illegal in several US states for us to practice Reflexology without a massage license because they believe we are "fundamentally" a massage. And we were put out on business for five years because of this opinion. This is despite the fact that the local massge school taught and therefore profited from our book.