“Reflexology can boost a sluggish circulation and is useful for treating stress, anxiety, back pain, Sciatic, migraine, respiratory problems, headache.”
What is Reflexology?
- Reflexology is the art of relaxation through your feet and hands. There are huge benefits to reflexology, and it can be a key source of comfort in stressful daily life. Did you know that your feet are the gateway to better health? Imagine being able to alleviate pain and make yourself feel better just by pressing certain areas of your feet or hands.
- Reflexology is a holistic treatment based on the principle that there are areas and points on the feet, hands, and ears that map via the nervous system to corresponding parts of the body. There are between 7,000 and 7,200 nerve endings in the human foot, and each of these is a reflex point that corresponds to a body part.
- The ancient Egyptian and then Chinese practice of Reflexology, a manual therapy focusing on the feet, has recently enjoyed a surge in popularity as a modern holistic therapy to relieve pain and stress.
- For 3,000 years Chinese practitioners have used Reflexology to re-balance Qi (the life force flowing through energy channels) to treat a number of conditions.
- It can work alongside conventional Western medical medicine to promote healing and improve well-being and vitality.
Reflexology and work
There are many benefits to this practice. Reflexology can assist in such conditions as:
- Stress Disorders
- Back Problems
- Blood Pressure
- Frozen shoulder
- Hormone Imbalance
- Hay Fever
- Neck Problems
- Muscular stress
- Knee Problems
Shoes and Reflexology?
High heels are typically bad, but the social pressure doesn’t help to not wear them for work, events,even parties on Saturday night. The elevation cause your body weight to go forwards towards, your back to compensate to hyperextend backwards.
“If you have been injured or are lacking energy, reflexology can help to restore balance and coax your body into healing itself”
With as much time as we spend clacking away on our computers or tapping away on our smartphones, it’s no wonder if you feel like you have stiff little hooks for hands. Repetitive motion causes damage to your hands over time. Hand massage can help loosen up the muscles in your hands and keep them healthy (so that you can keep texting, typing and tweeting away). Massage, in general, has a whole host of health benefits and many of these apply to massaging such a focused area of the body, like your hands. Everyone can benefit from a good massage, but hand massage is especially beneficial for office workers, who are most likely to spend many hours a day typing or doing other repetitive tasks. Manual laborers can also benefit, as they work with their hands on a daily basis and may have muscle stiffness, soreness or injuries. Hand massage can help with:
Stiff joints and poor circulation – Massage helps new, oxygen-rich blood flowing to your muscles, which can help with stiff and sore joints, tendons, ligaments and connective tissues. As you age, your hands may become arthritic, and massage can help ease some of the pain and stiffness associated with that. If you suffer from the circulatory condition called Raynaud’s phenomenon, a condition caused by a contracting blood vessel which results in decreased blood flow to the fingers and toes, massage has been shown to stop and attack once it starts. Blood flow is also critical for healing the body after an injury, so if you’ve previously sprained, broken or had surgery on your hand, massage can help you heal.
Reflexology increases the flow of energy, increases the circulation and stimulates the digestive system. It is so effective at this that most people feel a need to pee after a session, and are nearly always thirsty, as toxins are eliminated from the body. It is also recommended that you do not drink alcohol in the 24 hours before or after a session, as the effects of the alcohol can be multiplied.
It is also inadvisable to have reflexology if you have a pacemaker fitted. A typical treatment lasts between 60 and 90 minutes.
The most obvious effect of reflexology massage is that of stress reduction. The techniques of reflexology include finger or thumb walking – where the Reflexologist walks the finger or thumb over different areas of the feet in a set sequence – and massage and kneading of the foot using the whole hand. The experience is generally firm, but gentle, and should never cause discomfort or pain.
People who have not yet experienced the healing benefits and immense pleasure of reflexology may find it hard to believe that something so relaxing and enjoyable can be so good for you!