Reflexology massage can trace its roots back to ancient Egypt. In fact traces of reflexology were found as far back as 2030 B. C. Humans have known about reflexology and its corresponding relationships. Today, many of these traditional methods have been replicated in massage chairs. Massage chairs use advanced functions and incorporate many desirable features for potential users.
Reflexology or also known as zone therapy focuses on the hands and feet. The hands and feet contain certain reflexology points. According to reflexology charts the hands and feet are connected to various organs throughout the body. When these particular points are stimulated they also interned relax their corresponding organ.
So the key with reflexology is to stimulate the points on the hands of the feet. This stimulation of the hands or feet in itself provides relaxation to the muscles, ligaments and tendons where the massage is being targeted. As these areas relax, they are somehow connected to major organs in the body.
Reflexology is mainly focused on the release of tension in the body. When someone is under stress, they began to tense up. This means the muscles are held under tension for sometimes very long periods of time. This in turn leads to muscle fatigue.
Also, when someone is under stress, the body prepares itself for protection. This means that the critical organs are activated in order to support the body in its defense. The hands and the feet are also mobilized readying the body for action.
Reflexology in a sense reverses the process of the body preparing itself for defense. Reflexology stimulates the hands and feet in order to relieve tension. Stimulating the reflexology points also relieves the tension and the major organs. This is thought to calm and soothe the body into relaxation.
Massage chairs have incorporated reflexology massage. These features have so far been focused on the feet. Many massage chairs provide an air compression massage for the lower body. These chairs also contain reflexology nodes that are targeting major trigger points.
Massage chairs also utilize the air compression technology and may inflate an air bag underneath the reflexology to. When the airbag is activated, it will fill up pushing the reflexology nodes into the appropriate spot on the foot. Compression massage is used around the foot to hold it for targeting the reflexology point.
Massage chairs also have heating elements built into the leg rest. It facilitates blood flow and helps to reduce swelling. This is a nice complementary treatment to the reflexology massage.
Some massage chairs have removable reflexology plates. The user can remove these plates when the reflexology massage is not desired. When the reflexology points are removed then the main massage for the foot will be over the top of the foot for compression massage.
The ancient art of reflexology massage and its associated benefits is slowly being replicated in massage chairs. As science begins to unravel the mysteries of traditional healing treatments such as reflexology they surely will be incorporated into the most advanced massage chairs.
Reflexology massage is very relieving of tension in the feet and hands. The focus is exclusively in these areas which is very relieving for people on their feet. The feet take an enormous amount of stress and strain due to body weight and movement. Massaging the feet is very soothing and relaxing for both the feet and the body. Massage chairs provide effective relief of stress and tension in muscles throughout the body.