Reflexology - Does it Work

Reflexology - Does it Work?

What is Reflexology?

Reflexology is a massage therapy that concentrates on manipulating the "reflex points" on your feet, hands, and head. When the treatment is performed by a skilled massager, better known as Reflexologists, the benefits of it can be felt throughout the body, the theory behind all this is that the “reflex points” are connected to a person’s specific organs and glands throughout the body. Using various techniques, including finer pressure, rubbing, kneading and rotation, the therapist will stimulate these points with finger pressure, which promotes health within the body’s organs and glands through the energetic pathways.

The reflexology pressure points are found on both the hands and the feet, and effectively act as a map for healing the anatomy. In modern times, the layout for these pressure points are drawn up on Reflexology Charts, which is the combined knowledge of the many different maps that have been persevered over various cultures throughout history.

So, what are the benefits?

When you’re in the hands of a reflexologist, you will notice that they often include the hands and feet as a part of the treatment, which then results in an effect that you will feel throughout the body. Of course, there are less skilled, or sometimes simply less well-trained, practitioners out there, and in the end, you might just feel like you’ve had spent a long time being worked on by a foot massager.

Here are a few more specific benefits that reflexology treatments provide:

Reduced Stress
When you get stressed, your body’s defences become weaker and you’re likely to catch an illness. Reflexology helps reduce the impact of stress on the body, helping relaxing it and creating a balance within the body.

Improved Circulation
Blood allows the body to carry oxygen, nutrients and vitamins though to all the cells in the body, and most importantly, through the heart. One of the key signs of stress is a constant, rapid heartbeat as it tries to compensate for the energy that you’re wasting on stress. One of the major benefits to reflexology is the reduction of stress, which in turn helps the cardiovascular vessels to pump the blood through the body more naturally, and in turn, helps your heart relax a little more.

Stimulated Nerve Function
There are thousands of nerves that run through the feet to the rest of our bodies, reaching out to every part of the body. Reflexology helps stimulate these nerves, effectively clearing away the neural pathways, and most important, it helps clear out the pain pathways and reduces pain.

Improved Immune System
Through reflexology, the lymphatic system becomes stimulated and helps reduce the risk of infection. This is due to the lymphatic system job to cleanse the body of toxins and impurities, helping to prevent infection. In addition, it also stimulates the production of endorphins, which leads to an improved immune system and a better state of well-being.

Increased Energy
Reflexology revitalises energy throughout the body by relaxing and opening up energy pathways.

If you’re interested in giving reflexology a try and want to find a great Reflexologist near you, look it up on! They can help provide you with the additional information on where to find what you’re looking for, as well as contact details and locations.

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