Reflexology is a gentle, natural, non-invasive ancient and scientific healing art, which is based on the idea that there are specific areas in the feet , hands and ears, which correspond to all glands, organs, parts and systems of the body. The physical act of applying pressure to these reflex points (nerve endings) by using specific thumbs techniques result in stress reduction, which promotes positive physiological changes in other areas of the body.
Why Does Reflexology Feel So Good?
Second only to the lips, the feet contain around 7,200 nerve endings and therefore have immense sensitivity.
How Does Reflexology Work?
As we go about our daily lives, minute amounts of waste containing lactic acid, uric acid, calcium and various other by-products develop as the nervous system communicates with the body. When the body is overstressed these waste products build up and are carried along the nerve path to the extremities. Here they settle in and cause blocked energy and circulation. When pressure is applied to the nerve endings (reflex areas) messages are transmitted to the brain through the nervous system and the body responds by working toward biologically balanced state.
What Are The Benefits Of Reflexology Treatment?
Beyond relaxation, reflexology has been shown to:
- Relieve stress
- Reduce tension and tightness
- Promote balance in the body
- Improve nerve functioning
- Provide grounding
- Improve lymph drainage
- Release toxins and impurities
- Rejuvenate tired tissues / cells
- Improve circulation / blood supply
- Help to restore a proper fluid balance in the tissues.
- Build up the body’s immunity and resistance to disease.
- Clear emotional debris
- Speed up the elimination of waste Products
- Create an overall sense of well-being
Because reflexology promotes well-being, it may also help to:
- Control/decrease pain and improve comfort
- Relieve fatigue
- Decrease soreness healing time
- Improve sleep
- Reduce swelling from injuries or Illness
- Improve concentration
- Relieve headaches and migraines
- Improve skin tone
- Relieve circulatory disorders
- Reduce anxiety
- Relieve sinus problems
- Improve mood
- Relieve stomach and back aches
- Lessen menstrual discomfort
- Relieve digestive problems
- Increase energy
- And MORE…
Different results may be realized by each person. In general, reflexology persuades the body to balance and heal itself, encourages the end of further deterioration, strengthens and reinforces all systems in the body and promotes overall good health. Reflexology therapy is used to complement traditional medicine. It is never meant to replace prescribed therapies and treatments. It is advisable to inform your medical doctor or other licensed health care professional that you will be receiving reflexology sessions if you have been diagnosed with any disease, injury or other physical or mental conditions.
What Does Reflexology Feel Like?
Reflexology is pleasant and relaxing, although some reflex areas may be more sensitive than others. Often sensitive areas are merely those deposits mentioned earlier which have settled in the feet and created energy blockages.
Is Reflexology The Same As Massage?
No. Reflexology therapy is not massage and differs in that it works through stimulation of reflex points ( nerve endings) to evoke an autonomic nervous system response which helps create balance throughout the entire body. Reflexology is considered a form of body work.
How Many Sessions Do I Need For Results?
Depending on your personal goal of wellness, session regularity will vary accordingly. Monthly for preventative and maintenance program. Weekly may be more suited in some cases, to encourage a quicker return to balance and health. Any periodic session will rejuvenate and enhance your overall sense of well-being and of course your feet will be delighted.
This is provided for information only and may not be construed as medical advice or instruction. This should not replace your regular doctor’s care.
Used with permission from www.reflexologyestore.com
Kveta is certified by the Reflexology Association of Canada.