What is Reflexology?
Reflexology is an alternative treatment for a variety of conditions and has been in use for thousands of years. It involves the reflexologist applying pressure to specific areas in the hands, feet, and ears that affect certain reflex areas of the body.
Thousands of physicians across the globe have been using reflexology for generations, with surprisingly positive results. If there are treatments for more than a dozen health conditions affecting various parts of the body, isn’t it worth giving reflexology a try?
Benefits of Reflexology
The health benefits of reflexology include its ability to improve the nerve functions, raise energy levels, increase circulation, and much more.
Improved Nerve Function
As we age, our nerve endings become less sensitive in many parts of our body, particularly in our extremities. That being said, reflexology has been connected with stimulating more than 7,000 different nerve endings in a single session, thereby increasing their function and reactivity. Opening and cleaning out neural pathways can help improve functionality and flexibility in many areas around the body. Neural pathways are like muscles, so it is good to work them once in a while to keep them sharp!
Your therapist will focus on “reflex areas” on your feet that correspond with the muscles and organs of your body. Reflexology increases the flow of energy, increases circulation and stimulates all organ systems.
A recent study in Japan showed that stimulation of reflexology areas on the foot corresponding to the eye, shoulder and small intestine, induced a somatosensory response which could be observed using Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging.
This study would appear to confirm what Reflexologists have known from observing and successfully treating many patients – that the effects of stimulation of the reflexes in the foot are demonstrable scientifically.