Reflexology is based on the ancient principle by applying pressure to areas on the feet, hands and ears. Reflexology is generally relaxing and may be an effective way to alleviate stress.
The theory behind reflexology is that these areas correspond to organs and systems of the body. Proponents believe that pressure applied to these areas affects the organs and benefits the person’s health.
Like most medical techniques, reflexology is a holistic treatment. It concentrates on treating the whole person rather than just the symptoms of one particular ailment.
Reflexology has a Chinese origin. It dates back to more than 3,000 years ago and is used in the prevention and cure of many health ailments. Some say foot massage dates back to ancient Egyptian times due to archaeological findings in cave drawings in Egypt.
When body is in a state of ‘imbalance’ common illness or injury, disease or stress and energy pathways are blocked preventing the body from functioning effectively. The use of precision pressure movements allows the whole body to relax and de-stress, restoring and maintaining the body’s natural equilibrium and encouraging healing.
What is reflexology used for?
Research has shown the specific techniques of reflexology to be effective and beneficial in many ways. A survey of 170 reflexology studies from 21 countries shows that reflexology is effective, impacting a variety of physical and psychological concerns.
-Cure colds/minor ailments
-Digestive problems, such as constipation
-Relieve stress, pain, and anxiety
-Improve blood and lymph circulation
-Menstrual disorders, such as premenstrual syndrome (PMS)
-Relieve pain from MS and chemotherapy
-Stimulate activity of internal organs
-Successfully treat liver dysfunction, constipation, IBS, chronic headaches, and skin allergies
-Relieve pressure on legs and feet in pregnant women
-Activating the body to cleanse toxins and impurities
-It removes harmful free radicals, which weaken your organs and affect bodily functions.