Let’s talk about how this holistic therapy can help restore inner calm and improve your wellbeing.
The benefits of reflexology are well documented yet it is still not widely understood and people approach it with trepidation.
Here we are to explain exactly what it involves and how it can help you!
Holistic foot massage has been practiced for thousands of years and it is believed that reflexology was developed in China, as early as 4000 BC. It was also practiced by the Ancient Egyptians as well as various Native American Tribes.
I love these ancient roots as it shows that when we tune back into basic human nature, we do not need to rely completely on modern technology. It just feels very natural and special.
Reflexology is based on the concept that your feet (and hands and ears to a certain extent) are maps of your body and every section and organ is interlinked to a corresponding region on the foot.
By stimulating certain reflex points, it is believed that the therapist can reduce blockages, trigger the body’s natural healing processes and revitalise energy pathways.
Here are a few reasons to give it a go!
IT CAN HELP CALM YOU
Any therapies that involve touch can be deeply relaxing. Studies have suggested that massage not only lowers blood pressure but also the stress hormone cortisol. In a survey of people having regular reflexology it was found that they reported a release of tension as well as improved sleep patterns.
IT CAN OFFER PAIN RELIEF
According to the results of a 2013 study, reflexology could be as effective as painkillers as a method of pain relief. Researchers at the University of Portsmouth found that people who were undergoing reflexology felt about 40% less pain, and were able to stand pain for about 45% longer. The study was led by Dr Carol Samuel who suggested that reflexology could be used to complement conventional drug therapy in the treatment of conditions associated with pain, such as backache, osteoarthritis and cancers.
Many people who have regular reflexology have also reported a decrease in headaches and migraines, PMS and menopause symptoms too.
IT CAN BOOST YOUR CIRCULATION
This is ideal, especially during the colder winter months or if you have a sedentary lifestyle, where your feet muscles may not be getting much use.
As reflexology focuses on massaging and applying pressure to the feet, it can temporarily boost circulation to this area.
IT CAN HELP WITH MOBILITY
Reflexology involves a variety of mobilisation and warm up techniques to relax the feet and to improve movement in the feet and ankles. This is fantastic for anyone suffering with lower leg mobility issues.
YOU CAN TRY IT AT HOME
Of course reflexology will be most beneficial if you visit a therapist and have regular treatment tailored to your specific needs. However there are many things you can try yourself at home.
Do your research and look into buying a reflexology book specialising in self-treatment.
It really can help, even if you just do it for a few minutes.
Please if you are intrigued do give it a go! XX
Lots of love and kind regards,
Kirst and Jan J XXX