A reflexology massage mat can be your partner in getting rid of back pain, improving blood circulation and boosting your immune system. By using the right massage mat and right methods, you can have all these benefits at your fingertips.
Although you don’t need to be an expert in reflexology to use one, it does help if you know how to use it correctly so you get the maximum benefit from it, especially since there are so many massage mats available on the market with different features and models to choose from.
Here are 10 steps to follow on how to use a reflexology massage mat effectively.
Step 1: Position The Mat
Place a folded towel over your bed or any flat surface you want to use. Make sure that there is enough space around it so that you can easily lie down and roll your body over without hitting anything. Once it’s positioned, unfold your mat on top of the towel and lay face up on top of it. Now you are ready for step 2.
Step 2: Add Warm Water
Warm water is your body’s natural lubricant. It makes massaging a lot easier and helps relieve discomfort while relaxing tense muscles. Using warm water also helps reduce painful pressure on sore muscles and joints, making it a great way to get relief if you have trouble with swelling.
The easiest way to add warmth is by running it over your bathtub faucet before getting into your shower or tub. Add enough so that it’s between 105 and 115 degrees Fahrenheit when you get in (use an instant-read thermometer if you want exact numbers). Be sure to dry off completely before using a reflexology massage mat for best results.
Step 3: Soak Your Feet and Hands
When you get out of your bath or shower, pat your feet and hands dry, but don’t rub them. Pour some water over each appendage and place them on a towel.
Allow each to air-dry for at least 20 minutes before putting socks or shoes on. If you have particularly dry skin, consider adding lotion to your hands and feet before drying off.
Step 4: Wash And Dry Off Hands
You want to make sure that your hands are clean and dry before you massage. As a result, step 4 is to wash off with soap and warm water, then use a towel to pat your hands dry. If they aren’t entirely dry, oil will not absorb properly. This could lead to an uncomfortable and unsafe experience.
Additionally, it could cause serious damage to both you and your mat. It’s always better safe than sorry! So be sure to be careful when washing off your hands! This is also why you should clean out your mat after each use.
By doing so, you can increase its lifespan significantly; something every person considering purchasing one of these mats should be aware of!
Step 5: The Basic Rubdown
Now that you’ve gotten acquainted with your reflexology mat, get started on a basic rubdown. For each of these zones, spend at least one minute focusing on that area before moving on to another part of your body.
Think about giving it all your attention and focus during that time. Try not to let your mind wander too much, but if it does—no worries!
When it comes to self-care, we can’t always be perfect! Just keep practicing…the more you do it, the better you’ll get! This is such an easy way to relax and rejuvenate; even if you only have a few minutes every day (or even just once a week), it can make a huge difference in how well you feel.
Step 6: Work On Either Side Of The Body, One Side At A Time
You will want to work on either side of your body, one side at a time. Remember, you only want to apply about 20-30 pounds of pressure when using these reflexology massage mats, as excessive pressure can actually cause harm.
Start with your right foot and work up both sides until you reach your shoulders. Once you have reached your shoulders, focus on massaging them for about five minutes.
Remember, if you have back pain or another medical condition that is chronic, that treating these areas could actually aggravate them and should be done with caution. This is why it is best to seek advice from a professional therapist before attempting self-treatment for chronic ailments.
Step 7: Alternate Between Sides
Depending on how many reflex points your mat has, make sure to massage each point individually. You may need to flip over and massage both sides of your mat.
Do not concentrate solely on one side or you will miss areas that require massaging. Treating all sides of your body helps increase circulation while relaxing tense muscles and stimulating blood flow throughout your body.
Step 8: Feet – First Thumb to Big Toe, Then Start Over From Little Toe
Place your thumb on one foot, then follow it with your whole hand from little toe to big toe. Repeat several times, using a slow and relaxing pressure as you make circles along each digit. Switch feet and start again from little toe to big toe.
Do as many cycles of circles on toes as you feel is appropriate for your client’s needs, but do at least three. 
Step 9: Feet – Work Inwards Starting At Little Toe, Then Work Outwards From Heel to Heel
Work on each part of your foot for about two minutes. Starting at your toes, gently apply pressure to each part of your foot and work towards you heel. For example, take a thumb of either hand and hold it against your big toe.
Begin to apply gentle pressure from side to side (or in circles). Repeat with each toe. When working on your heel, massage firmly while applying pressure along both sides of where you feel a heel bone. This will help stimulate blood flow and relieve tension throughout your entire body.
You can also work on both feet at once by placing one directly over top of the other and then massaging both sets of toes at once while placing equal amounts of attention on both heels and balls. That will give you optimal results quickly!
Step 10: End With Hand Massage, Working Up Each Finger From Pinky to Thumb
This is often when I just go for it and massage their entire hand at once. But you can also spend one minute on each finger, starting with pinky to thumb. People are always amazed by how good they feel after reflexology, especially after a massage mat session! And that’s your reflexology guide! 🙂
Enjoy your new baby massage mat and may you be blessed with many wonderful recipients to use it on! <3 If you have any questions or comments feel free to leave them below and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible!
It’s a common misconception that reflexology is all about your feet. In fact, there are more than 1,500 pressure points in your body that correspond to different body systems and organs (some of which are on your face).
Some reflexologists also use acupressure points, or meridians, which may be located anywhere on your body. In order to reach these deeper regions of muscle and connective tissue, you’ll need a massage mat that allows you to lay down comfortably while propping up at multiple angles.