Is Reflexology For You?

Science may have advanced over the years but there are still many conditions that remain unbeatable and continue to ruin people’s health and lives. Even the strongest medicine isn’t enough to beat certain strains of bacteria that have evolved and become resistant to most antibiotics available in today’s market. Your money can’t save you in life-and-death situations. However, you can put your money to good use by exploring other alternative health treatments that have offered relief to many even if others argue that it has no scientific basis.

One of these complementary treatments is reflexology. It is widely practiced in different parts of the globe and we are not new to it either. It is a favorite alternative treatment for 4,000 years and has relieved different types of body aches and pains without having to take painkillers that have dangerous side effects that deteriorate your health over time.

Reflexology is a type of complementary therapy that is anchored on the principle that certain areas are known as “reflex points” on the innervation of the hands and feet that when applied gentle pressure to impacts a specific part of the body, often large organs and systems. It is possible because there are nerve endings that serve as the map of the body, which triggers a certain reaction when manipulated by a reflexologist. Overall, reflexology can help the body achieve homeostasis or balance as generalized stress is reduced by its relaxing effects.

Prior to starting, you will be asked to remove your shoes and socks if you are wearing any and are asked to sit or recline in order for you to feel comfortable while your feet are being massaged. Lotions or oils are not used during the session but some reflexologists offer a foot bath before starting. The thumb and the fingers are used in applying pressure using a “walking” pattern or specific pressure or reflex points that correspond to a particular body organ or system.

Make sure you only choose a reflexologist who has the right certifications. If you ever consider signing up for a reflexology session, know that there are a few things you need to consider before your first session. A reflexology is not advised if you have open wounds on your hand or feet since these are the parts of the body that will be handled by the reflexologist. If you have burns or gout, a reflexology session is also a big no-no. The same thing applies to medical conditions that have to do with blood clots. Refrain from having it touched to prevent the clot from spreading and endanger your life. You are not advised to sign up for a session if you have swelling on your lower extremities especially if it is secondary to vascular changes. Pregnant women are strongly advised to take a pass on reflexology especially if they are in their last trimester to prevent suffering from premature contractions, which can be bad for both the mother and the baby.

Stress is pretty much a daily challenge for all of us to deal with but the human body is amazing in its own right since we are able to heal itself when it gets the proper care it deserves. Reflexology hastens this self-healing process and it lets you feel relaxed after each session. The strain gradually disappears and you are able to sleep better too. Reflexology is an excellent complementary treatment because of its gentle nature that anybody who does not have any condition where this practice is contraindicated can benefit from its holistic benefits. It may be likened to touch therapy, which is crucial to human survival but only with a twist since the pressure applied to the feet are meant to affect specific parts of the human body therapeutically.