One should not underestimate the human body. It is so resilient that it takes care of itself mostly on its own from your youth to old age. Rarely would it need outside help only when the body’s immunity is so low that it can no longer fight germs and heal itself. Even when you take medicines, they may not always work. There are drug side effects that are as bad or even worse than the symptoms itself. When that happens, people turn to alternative medicine for help.
Reflexology is one of those ancient practices that are still widely practiced until today, which is like 4,000 years when it was first practiced, and for good reason. It has helped millions deal with anxiety, pains and aches, and so much more that conventional medicine hasn’t been able to help them with at all.
What is reflexology then? Reflexology is the application of pressure on certain parts of the hands and feet to elicit a positive reaction to the different major body parts. Instead of needles that are used in acupuncture, reflexology only relies on the pressure applied to certain points. One can be guided by the foot map to better understand which body part is influenced by pressure applied to the foot arch, perhaps.
Reflexologists use their thumbs, hands, or make use of specific finger techniques that improve circulation and reduce the painful sensation felt by the person. This ancient treatment is otherwise known as “zone therapy” or “acupressure” and helps the body heal itself from the discomforts brought about by too much stress that one can no longer cope with. It makes sense massaging important point on the feet considering it has to carry your entire weight the whole day especially if you are up on your feet all day long.
Why should you try reflexology?
Most occupations these days require people to be up on their feet all during most of the day or night. Your feet end up carrying the bulk of your weight and it can cause a lot of strain on other body parts and important organs and systems without you knowing. A specialized foot massage such as what reflexology offers won’t just relax you but is good for your overall health too.
- Pain Relief – reflexology helps in relieving tension that is often the cause of most body pains and aches.
- Improves Nerve Function – improves reactivity and function of nerve endings especially in the lower extremities.
- Fights Anxiety and Depression – boosts serotonin production, the body’s happy hormone, thereby fighting symptoms of anxiety and depression.
- Improves Blood Flow – reflexology enhances oxygen and blood transport in the blood to ensure all vital organs receive oxygenated blood at all times. This, in turn, helps boost metabolism and helps in the healing and regeneration of damaged cells.
- Healthier Feet – alleviate feet stiffness, reduce ankle and heel pain, and stimulate feet muscles by regularly massaging the feet.
- Promotes Restful Sleep – reflexology relaxes the mind and body aside from reducing stress levels, which allows you to sleep better at night.
- Reduces the Symptoms of PMS and Menopause – applying firm pressure on the inner foot where the big toe meets the feet also called as the Grandfather Grandson point in the treatment of PMS and menopause symptoms.
- Reduces Blood Pressure Levels – helpful in reducing systolic blood pressure levels by massaging the solar plexus reflex point on each side of the feet twice weekly.
- Relief from Cancer Symptoms – daily reflexology treatments stimulates antioxidant activity, promotes restful sleep, reduces vomiting and other GI issues, and reduces feelings of anxiety.
- Detoxify – enhances bladder function making it easier for the body to get rid of toxins.
There are many benefits to reflexology, so check with your doctor if it is something you should also try especially if you have existing health conditions. Overall, reflexology is an ancient practice that has helped millions over the centuries.