What’s With Reflexology?

Reflexology is a popular practice in helping the body deal with stress. It is common knowledge that the body easily succumbs to illness because of too much stress.  Similar to an over-worked HVAC system, when under stress, the body has a hard time doing bodily functions, healing itself, and maintain balance. You may start feeling discomforts when you are constantly under stress and it has been proven by science now that stress is a major risk factor for many of today’s diseases.

Reflexology to the Rescue

Reflexology is sure to improve one’s health and well-being. If you have no idea what reflexology is all about, it basically is an alternative medical practice that believes that the hands and the feet are the map to various body organs and systems. The body responds positively to the alternating pressure exerted on these specific pressure points. It balances the nervous system through the stimulation of the feet’s nerve endings. These nerve endings are connected to the spinal nerves and then to the specific body organs they are connected to. It improves circulation that in turn clears congestion and toxin buildup on the feet. It is no wonder why people turn to reflexology if they want to detoxify the body of any impurities that can lead to illness.

There are studies supporting the benefits of reflexology in promoting good health:

  • Promote normal body functions
  • Relax the body and reduce stress levels
  • Improve blood flow and oxygen delivery to different parts of the body

What sets reflexology apart from other forms of massage therapies? The main difference has to do with reflexology being an all-encompassing form of treatment because even though it is only the hands and the feet that are stimulated, the effects are felt by the different body organs and systems.

One usually sees a reflexologist for treatment. These treatments last 30 minutes each and you stay clothed the entire time since no other body parts will be involved aside from the hands and feet. Practitioners can be anywhere from chiropractors to massage therapists and physical therapists who can relieve you of pain and other body discomforts with just a few application of pressure on specific points without the use of needles like with acupuncture. At times, they may use rubber bands and balls and even sticks of wood in relieving tension from these areas.

If you are new to reflexology but are seriously considering trying it because of health conditions that are no longer relieved by traditional medicine, there are a few points you need to remember.

The first thing you need to check is whether the practitioner has certification from the proper authorities in this field. Also, do not expect immediate results. While it is possible for some to experience immediate relief, the way reflexology works are from the cumulative benefits one experiences the more reflexology treatments the person receives. The hands can also be used instead of the feet although the feet has long been synonymous with reflexology.

It is hard for some to accept that longstanding practices like reflexology that do not really have a scientific basis but is widely practiced by many is really effective but one can’t deny the relief and calm feeling one feels after treatment. As long as there are no contraindications to reflexology like pregnancy or circulatory problems related to clots, there is no reason for you not to benefit from this ancient practice that is still a favorite of many until today. Let the reflexologist know about these concerns prior to getting treatment because the goal here is to improve your health and not make things worse.

Do not discontinue any treatment included in your medical management just because you already started with reflexology. It still is a supplemental treatment that should enhance your current medical management. Enjoy the best of both worlds and be on the path to recovery and wellness if you open yourself to alternative treatments like reflexology.