Reflexology is a protocol of manual techniques applied to specific reflex areas on the feet. These techniques stimulate the complex neural pathways linking body systems, supporting the body’s efforts to function optimally. The effectiveness of reflexology is recognized worldwide by various national health institutions and the public at large as a distinct complementary practice within the holistic health field.
The practice of Reflexology dates back thousands of years and has a history in India, Egypt, China and Native American traditions. It is a non-invasive treatment that is intended to reduce generalized stress and help the body achieve a state of deep relaxation and homeostasis. Receiving a session mobilizes an individual’s physical, mental and spiritual energies, fighting imbalance in the system and assisting the body to heal itself.
Many people are on their feet all day, putting a lot of weight and stress on their feet. Reflexology may be an especially useful complementary treatment for neuropathy of the legs, feet and toes. It can also be useful for sore feet after a workout, running or taking a long walk.
A typical reflexology session runs an hour. Shoes and socks are removed, and the client is made comfortable sitting or reclining. The reflexes are stimulated with specific manipulations that are generally pleasant and relaxing. Reflexology has been shown to be effective and to assist with self-healing for many conditions.
Benefits of Reflexology
Total Relaxation: Reflexology slows down the heart rate, lowers blood pressure, slows the breathing rate and reduces stress. It has been known to open neural pathways, resulting in a more relaxed state in the body. A session can induce a state of calm throughout your body and mind.
Nerve Function: The nerve endings become less sensitive in parts of the body with age. A Reflexology session can stimulate more than 7,000 nerve endings, increasing their function and reactivity. The process of opening and clearing neural pathways can help improve the functionality and flexibility of many areas in the body.
Improved Well-being: The body is more susceptible to illness and disease when stressed. Per American Medical Association, 85% of illness is due to stress. Reflexology reduces stress and provides total relaxation. It may also be helpful for pain, such as a migraine or joint pain, as it may reduce the severity by relieving tension in the muscles.
Circulation: Improved circulation throughout the body allows more oxygen to reach the organs, improving their function and resulting in the healing and re-growth of damaged cells. Many studies show reflexology increases blood flow and relaxes the overall body, including the cardiovascular system, which helps pump blood naturally.
Improved immunity: Reflexology stimulates the lymphatic system, reducing the risk of infection. It helps remove toxins and induces the production of endorphins, resulting in increased immunity and a sense of wellbeing.
Energy Levels: Reflexology can increase metabolism and boost energy by aligning the functioning of the body’s organs and muscles.
Birth and Labor: Reflexology has been shown to help initiate and stimulate labor. Women who received reflexology during labor also had a shorter active labor time than women who did not receive it.
Women’s Health: PMS pain and symptoms are common in women. Studies show that PMS pain was reduced in 95% of women after they received reflexology. Women with menopausal symptoms may also benefit from reflexology.
Digestive Health: Reflexology improves blood flow to the intestines and stimulates better digestion, helping the system to run more efficiently and effectively.
Reasons to Avoid Reflexology
Reflexology is generally safe for everyone, but there are some reasons to avoid it. Please make your practitioner aware of any contraindications prior to receiving a session.
The following are reasons to avoid reflexology – open sores on the feet; acute injuries to the legs/feet; anyone with active blood clots; burns, wounds, gout and infections to the feet; lower extremity swelling or chronic skin changes that are a result of vascular problems to the feet; recent removal of a cancerous tumor or other surgical procedures, such as wart removal.
Reflexology is complimentary to standard medical care and should not be interpreted as medical advice. It is not intended to cure diseases or ailments, but can be a valuable way of indicating areas where higher stress or tension is present in the body. Reflexology can help to relieve stress or tension, supporting the body’s natural healing process.
PANACEA offers Gentle Foot Reflexology sessions for all ages. Book a session today and discover how it can benefit YOU.