Reflexology is the application of pressure, stretch and movement to the feet and hands to effect corresponding parts of the body. Reflexologists view the feet and hands as a mirror image of the body. By applying technique a reflexologist can break up patterns of stress in other parts of the body. Reflexology improves nerve and blood supply and helps our bodies maintain a normal and healthy lifestyle.
Reflexologists work from maps of predefined pressure points that are located on the hands and feet. These pressure points are reputed to connect directly through the nervous system and affect organs and glands. The reflexologist manipulates the pressure points according to specific techniques of reflexology therapy. By means of this touching therapy, any part of the body that is the source of pain or illness can be relieved through the application of pressure at the respective foot or hand location.
Some Common Benefits of Reflexology
The body receives wide-ranging benefits from a reflexology session as the practitioner is working points for the entire body, not just a specific area or region. Every one will heal differently but here are some common benefits one might see with a single session or a series of reflexology sessions:
- Relaxation: typically during and after a session.
- Improved Circulation: blood flow, lymphatic drainage and a general reduction of edema or swelling in the extremities.
- Reduction in Pain: Studies point to reflexology helping with low back pain, migraines and other chronic pain complaints.
- Digestive Response: Typically the client will experience more frequent bowel movements following a session, so reflexology is popular for those suffering from constipation or a sluggish digestive system.
- Enhanced Immunity: Some use reflexology throughout cold and flu season to improve their chances of staying well and supporting the immune system.