Reflexology is a type of massage, it works by applying different amounts of pressure to specific points and areas on the feet, hands, ears and face. Its theory is that these body parts are connected to certain organs and body systems.
For example, applying appropriate pressure to your heel claims to help with lower back and sciatic nerve pain, pinching the top of your toes is believed to help with sinuses.
Many reflexologists use a foot chart to show them where they need to apply pressure to help with certain areas of the body.
The practice of reflexology dates back thousands of years and has roots in ancient Chinese, Egyptian, and Native American cultures. It is believed that by applying pressure to these reflex points, energy flow can be restored, promoting balance and well-being throughout the body.
What are the benefits of reflexology
Reflexology is associated with numerous potential benefits, although only few of them have been scientifically proven, people have claimed that it helped them:
- Boost immunity
- Reduce stress and anxiety
- Clear up sinuses issue
- Recover from back problems
- Improve digestion
- Boost fertility
- Colds and bacterial infection
- Hormonal imbalance
- Ease arthritis pain
- Treat nerve problems and numbness from cancer drugs… etc
Is reflexology safe for everyone?
Reflexology is generally considered safe, but you should consult with your doctor first if you have any of the following health issues:
- Blood clotting disorder
- Foot injuries or infections
- Recent surgeries
- Open wound or skin conditions
- Thyroid issues
Also, if you are pregnant let your reflexologist know, as some pressure points on the hands and feet are believed to include contractions.
While research on reflexology is limited, some studies have shown positive effects in reducing pain, anxiety, and stress. Reflexology is often used as a complementary therapy alongside conventional medical treatments.
It's important to note that reflexology should not be used as a substitute for medical treatment. If you have a specific health concern, it's always best to consult with a healthcare professional before pursuing reflexology or any other alternative therapy. Additionally, it's essential to seek the services of a trained and qualified reflexologist to ensure a safe and effective session.