Understanding Reflexology

Reflexology is a practice that is mainly anchored in the belief that it helps relieve stress. By now, the majority of people know about the risks associated with too much stress especially when the person is unable to cope with it already. When that happens, a person may feel overwhelmed and some may succumb to illness if no intervention is given.

Not all the time, a medical management is the only way to manage any imbalance in the human body. At times, alternative treatment like reflexology can do the body a lot of good even without you fully comprehending how it works. While often associated with the feet, reflexology actually pertains to the application of pressure not only on the feet but also on the ears and hands. It is a great way to destress and feel relaxed considering the amount of stress one has to deal with nowadays.

In reflexology, body organs and systems can be influenced by applying pressure on certain points on the ears, hands, and feet. Foot charts guide a reflexologist in applying pressure to specific parts of the feet to improve one’s health. Reflexologists use objects like sticks of wood, rubber bands, and rubber balls when doing their work. Different other practitioners practice reflexology and this includes massage therapists, chiropractors, and physical therapists

The practice of reflexology isn’t entirely baseless since it has been proven that it can reduce anxiety, pain, and other psychological symptoms aside from improving one’s sleep as per the studies that the National Cancer Institute has funded itself. It has even been found to be an effective form of therapy for patients battling cancer who are constantly in pain and painkillers don’t do the trick anymore in making their lives a little bearable.

Reflexology is actually otherwise known as the “zone therapy”. The theory behind it is that the hands and the feet represent a certain body part and the application of pressure on these areas have beneficial effects to the body.

Reflexologists believe that the body is divided into five longitudinal zones on each side. It sums up to a total of ten which a practitioner can check to find out if which part of the body is in trouble. With the help of reflexology, blood, and energy flow is stimulated along with nerve impulses and nutrients to the right body zone, consequently relieving the body of any pain or discomfort. This has been the belief for the longest time even if not everything has been backed by science. It is similar to beliefs that reflexology gets rid of toxins in the body, boost weight loss, improve circulation, and promote good health while there is plenty of anecdotal evidence supporting how this practice enhances blood flow and relieves tension in the body.

Here are some of the things one must remember regarding reflexology:

  • Eat at least one hour after a reflexology session.
  • Pregnant women are not allowed to receive reflexology.
  • Increase water intake after getting treatment to aid in the elimination of lactic acid and toxin buildup that has been released when your hands and feet were massaged.
  • Before even considering getting a reflexology treatment, consult your primary healthcare provider first especially if you have existing health conditions such as varicose veins, a circulatory condition secondary to a blood clot, or any foot problem that can worsen during treatment.

You stay clothed during a reflexology session unlike when getting a massage, so no need to be self-conscious. It usually lasts for 30 minutes and you can even talk to the reflexologist the entire time if you want to. Prior to the treatment, share pertinent information such as any discomfort you may feel as it will guide the practitioner as to what specific part of the hands and the feet to focus on. It is worth giving reflexology a try if you have any health problems that aren’t always relieved by medicines because science does not always have the answer to our problems.