What Is Reflexology?
Reflexology to some, is often thought of as obscure and a ‘fringe’ therapy. However, Reflexology has deep roots in history, its origins dating back thousands of years. It is based on the principle that there are reflex points on the foot that correspond to the body’s organs and glands. This is called the ‘foot map’ and with the foot having almost 15,000 nerve endings that relate to the body’s organs, a therapist can apply pressure to these points on the foot, providing a great effect on the body. So how does it help you and what are the health benefits? Let’s find out.
It improves nerve functions
Nerves are like muscles, if we don’t work them out we slowly lose feeling in them! Reflexology helps to increase nerve stimulation, after under stimulating activities, such as sitting at a desk all day.
It boosts your energy
With re-alignment of your major organs and body functions, reflexology can increase your metabolism and decrease lethargy and tiredness. Get rid of the Monday blues by pressing in the middle of your arch. This corresponds with your digestive system and will give you a nice burst of energy!
It helps with sleeping difficulties
Reflexology is an extremely relaxing treatment and can assist in creating more positive neural pathways and is commonly used to help treat Insomnia or sleeping difficulties during Menstrual Cycles.
It helps eliminate toxins
We are great at putting them in, but not so great at getting them out! Reflexology assists the body’s kidney and liver functions in eliminating toxins and assists in bladder function and reduces urinary tract issues.
It helps with pain management through birth
If you are deciding to go sans medication during labour, then reflexology could be for you. Studies show that it can be very beneficial to labour lengths, inducing labour and pain management through the birth.
It increases circulation
Increased circulation = better health! Basically, this means blood and oxygen is getting circulated around the body faster and more efficiently. This results in greater regeneration of damaged cells and overall healing.
It reduces headaches
Reflexology is primarily used by many people as a method of eliminating pain. Obviously, reflexology can be used as a remedy for more issues than headaches but think of it as a natural alternative to taking a pain killer to get rid of persisting ache.
These are just a few of many ailments that reflexology can help with. On top of that it is a relaxing and beautiful treatment to experience and is 100% risk free!