The aim of Structural reflexology is to reduce stress using local and reflexive approaches.
Structural Reflexology is the practice of integrating foot reflexology with anatomy, physiology, and kinesiology by using local and reflexive methods to release stress and compensation in the entire body.
Structural reflexology addresses tension sites on the feet as the product of local muscle and ligament strain while maintaining an understanding of how these sites of tension on the feet will impact the rest of the body.
Benefits of Structural Reflexology:
Improve foot joint articulation.
Improve weight bearing & balance.
Improve blood and nerve supply to feet & body.
Relieve compensation in feet and body.
Relieve joint tension.
Increase strength and vitality in feet & body.
Primary Goals of Structural Reflexology:
Reduce stress in feet and body.
Overcome joint tension in feet.
Relieve muscle strain.
Increase joint function.
Bring foot back to a stage that is comfortable.
Structural Reflexology has 3 sequences:
massage - preparing
reflexology - working up the muscles and attachments
Passive foot mobilization -
Structural Reflexology includes myofascial work, pnf stretching (proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation, compression with active engagement, and attention to muscles tendons and ligaments.
A first Structural Reflexology session includes 30 minutes of assessment of the feet, a medical history, measuring the feet with a Brannock device, and ink prints of the feet while walking (your feet don't get ink on them). First session is 2 hours total. (Thereafter, sessions are 90 minutes.) This is to help determine if you are wearing he correct shoe size and how to plan the session.
Ideally, shoes should mimic barefoot function, fit the shape of the foot, and be flexible to meet the parameters of maintaining healthy, strong, functional feet. Toes should be able to wiggle freely in them. Don't buy new shoes until you have had you feet measured. If they haven't been measured recently, your feet could have spread, which is normal as you age.
Shoes that are flexible, lightweight and are foot shaped with more cushioning than most barefoot shoes, are LEMs, which can be bought online for now. These are good for average size width of feet and narrow feet. Really wide feet are best with Altras which are also lightweight and flexible.