What is Reflexology?
Reflexology is more than a hand and foot massage. Reflexology is a therapeutic method of massage that relieves stress and tension by stimulating pressure points within the hands and feet by alleviating the source of your discomfort. In the absence of abnormalities, reflexology may be as effective for promoting better health and for preventing illness, as it may be for relieving symptoms of stress, illness, injury, and for improving your mood.
Reflexology uses ancient techniques and maps of pressure points located on the hands and feet which are associated with the bodily organs and glands through the nervous system. A trained reflexologist works from these maps to manipulate the pressure points with specific techniques in reflexology therapy. Through the application of pressure at the respective foot or hand location, the source of concern may be improved. This physical therapy stimulates the nervous system, increasing blood and energy flow to aide in alleviating the source of pain, illness, or potential debility.
Benefits of Reflexology
Nerve Function: As our bodies age, nerve endings become less sensitive in parts of our body, and particularly in our extremities. Reflexology has been connected with stimulating more than 7,000 different nerve endings in a single 1-hour session, thereby increasing the nerve functions and reactivity. Opening and cleaning out neural pathways helps to improve functionality and improves toxicity levels within the body. Like muscles, neural pathways should be worked once in a while to keep them efficient!
Energy Levels: By aligning the functioning of various organ and muscle systems, reflexology can increase metabolism and energy creation processes within the body. If you need a boost in energy or are always feeling sluggish, a reflexology session can help to re-energize your body and mind.
Circulation: One of the most well known and verified benefits of reflexology is an improvement in circulation throughout the body, which means that blood and oxygen are being cycled through the body more effectively. This means more oxygen reaches vital organ systems, optimizing their functioning, and further increasing the metabolism. This also results in faster healing and re-growth of damaged cells.
Relaxation: Reflexology can flood your neural pathways with relaxation-inducing a state of tranquility within your body and mind, resulting in a reduction of stress. Stress reduction from reflexology therapy is commonly associated with curing sleep disorders because reflexology helps your body relax back to a more balanced state and the healthy Circadian rhythm needed for sufficient sleep.
Toxin Removal: Reflexology therapy stimulates the energy and blood systems within the body helping to eliminate toxins and other foreign substances. Eliminating toxicity and increasing blood circulation results in improved organ functions and reduction of issues such as bladder and urinary tract issues, thereby protecting the body from various health conditions associated with compromised organ systems.
Nervous System Stimulation: The open neural pathways can benefit our central nervous system in a variety of ways, not only will our brain be able to handle the inputs more effectively, thereby speeding up our cognitive powers, but our physical reactions will be faster, our memory will be boosted, and generally, our entire brain will simply work better and faster.
Migraines and Headaches: Reflexology is often used by many people seeking to eliminate pains. Reflexology can reduce the severity of migraines and headaches by increasing blood flow and relieving tension in the muscles. Headaches induced by stress can also be eliminated since stress and psychological factors often manifest in the physical symptoms of a migraine.
Speeds Up Healing: With a combination of increased nerve activity promoting circulation, as well as promoting balanced functioning of the metabolism, it means that cells regenerate faster resulting in the healing of wounds. The pain-relieving qualities of reflexology help patients to feel better faster while aiding in faster recovery.
Cancer Relief: Reflexology is not directly attributed to curing cancer. However, reflexology is known for easing the side effects of cancer treatments, such as chemotherapy by improving sleep, reducing anxiety, and also by reducing chemo associated vomiting, indigestion, and other issues that chemo patients may commonly experience. Reflexology may help mitigate the spread of cancer by increased circulation which stimulates antioxidant activity, a known aide in destroying cancer cells. This research is ongoing.
Pregnancy and Menstruation: Studies show that reflexology can be beneficial for pregnant women, particularly in terms of labor lengths and their need for analgesics during labor and postpartum recovery time. Reflexology can reduce the chances of postpartum depression by improving mood, and may also help a woman’s body heal itself faster and get back to its normal metabolic activity quickly, as it increases blood circulation.
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