Reflexology is one of the most popular alternative holistic therapies and treats a wide variety of conditions due to its powerful stress relieving benefits. It’s a treatment performed exclusively to the feet but has benefits for the entire mind and body.
How does Reflexology work?
Our feet work hard every day and we usually don’t give them a second thought until they start complaining. As humans, our feet mirror our general health, so conditions like arthritis, diabetes, nerve and circulatory disorders; can show their initial symptoms in your feet. It is believed that certain areas on the feet and hands are linked to other areas and organs of the body. The concept of “zone therapy” was furthered by American physiotherapist Eunice Ingham in the 1930s, into what is known today as reflexology. There are more than 7000 nerve endings in the human foot, and by targeting these nerve endings, the reflexologist can assist the flow of energy through the body to the areas affected by illness or stress. Specific thumb, finger and hand techniques are used – mostly with deep pressure – on the various congested reflex areas. This holistic approach will optimize blood, lymph and nerve flow to a specific area, thus minimizing pain as well as muscle tension and facilitating the body’s natural healing and detoxifying process.
What does Reflexology treat?
This treatment is used for a variety of ailments. Not only is it beneficial as a tool for relaxation and stress relief, but is also effective in improving circulation, relieving pain, and acts as an immune and nervous system stimulator. It’s also highly beneficial to have throughout pregnancy, from 12 weeks.
Many people with illnesses such as allergies, chronic sinus problems, migraines, anxiety, depression, back pain, headaches, arthritis, digestion problems, insomnia, asthma, PMS and period pain – to name but a few – have been helped tremendously by reflexology treatments.
Most people describe a profound sense of relaxation and increased energy following their session.
What can’t Reflexology do?
Although reflexology is proven to be beneficial for a multitude of problems, your reflexologist cannot diagnose or cure any disease and must not replace treatment from a medical professional. They are not medically trained. Reflexology can help to restore balance to the body.