At the end of September I traveled out to Taos, N.M. to take a continuing education workshop on the pressure point modality of Thai foot reflexology. This invigorating method of reflexology draws on its rich history of influences from Ayurvedic medicine, Japanese shiatsu, Chinese tuina, Western reflexology and Chinese reflexology.
The session includes tapping, stretching, sen stimulation and reflex point stimulation. As with conventional reflexology this session is offered fully-clothed and the practitioner works up to the knee. It is both a relaxing and energizing treatment that promotes circulation and balance within the body's physical and energetic systems.
Clients should expect to wear loose pants (or bring a pair of shorts to change into) that can be rolled up the leg to give the practitioner access to the feet, lower legs and knees. The session is given on a bodywork table with a pillow to support the neck and an optional blanket for comfort.
Contraindications are the same as for foot reflexology and include: deep vein thrombosis (blood clot), recently broken bones, infectious skin disorders and a serious compromise of circulation in the lower extremities.