Reflexology is the systematic and scientific application of gentle pressure using specific thumb and finger techniques on the hands, feet and face on the nerve endings of reflexes to promote homeostasis hus stimulating the body’s own healing system. Each reflex point relates to various organs, glands and body parts and has an effect on their function. A calming message is sent from the extremities to the central nervous system, inviting the body to adjust tension levels, increase blood supply and therefore oxygen and nutrients, to nourish and restore equilibrium. All the systems of the body are worked on the feet, musculoskeletal, respiratory, digestive, urinary, endocrine, nervous, and lymphatic.
Reflexology is a deeply relaxing treatment and some people even fall asleep during treatment, however you may feel some tenderness in certain areas corresponding to parts of the body which are out of balance, but this is usually momentarily. Reflexology isn't “ticklish”, and pressure can range from a feather like touch, ideal for babies and those with extremely sensitive feet, to a firm pressure for individuals who prefer a much deeper treatment.
How does Reflexology work?
Therapeutic Reflexology is beneficial for almost anyone, whatever their age or state of health. From the elderly who may have arthritic and mobility difficulties, to babies with colic, and for varied acute and chronic conditions in adults and children as is a non-invasive therapy. Reflexology is intended to reduce generalized stress and help the body achieve a state of deep relaxation and homeostasis.
What benefits could Reflexology provide?
A reflexology session greatly relaxes the body, thereby reducing any constriction of blood vessels and improving circulation. In turn, it helps to break up and dissolve crystal deposits caused by an excess of uric acid, which has built up in the body and settled in the feet.
With regular sessions reflexology may assist in offering relief for a wide range of conditions such as:
Arthritis – reflexology has also been used to treat for rheumatoid arthritis an osteoarthritis, with patients reportedly feeling up to 40% less pain.
Hypertension – a common risk of heart disease, reflexology is thought to assist with the reduction of hypertension.
Anxiety and depression – the two most common mental health problems. The relaxation side of reflexology can extend to the mind to calm and aid any signs of depression and anxiety.
Circulation – receiving foot reflexology is known to improve your blood circulation to vital organs. This in turn can result in quicker healing and regrowth of any damaged cells.
Cancer – reflexology is regularly used on those suffering with cancer. It is known to reduce symptoms caused by chemotherapy including nausea, pain, constipation and diarrhoea.
Reflexology has an ability to stimulate nerve functions that help your body increase your energy levels, circulation, central nervous system, lymphatic systems prevent migraines, clear urinary infections, sleep disorders and depression.
elimination of toxins and brings about detoxification
Back pain and headaches
Relieves digestive complaints
Stress Management and anxiety related issues
Promotes general health and well-being
Balances and restores energy
Teenagers under pressure from exams
Infertility and encourages hormonal harmony
When you’re feeling ‘off ‘ or ‘out of balance’
After physical or emotional trauma
Reflexology during pregnancy can help to alleviate common discomforts of pregnancy, such as nausea and backache. It can also help you to overcome lack of sleep and fatigue.
If, however, you suffer with varicose veins, ingrown toenails, bruises, cuts, foot fractures, athlete’s foot then you should avoid receiving reflexology treatment.
No matter where you are in your healing journey, there is always something you can do that will help you to feel better. Most people find reflexology for the most part to be very relaxing, and many people’s bodies respond really well to it.