Reflexology Therapy – Buzzle

Reflexology is a natural form of treatment that can bring about improvement in overall health condition. Read this article to understand what is reflexology therapy and what are its benefits.

Reflexology therapy is based upon the principle that there are several reflex points present in the feet and hands that correspond to different glands and organs of the body. On stimulating one or more of these reflexes naturally, one can get rid of various types of health disorders. This therapy was widely practiced in ancient China, Egypt and India. Even North American native people used this technique for many years to improve the healing process of the body.

What is Reflexology Therapy?

When our body is suffering from any disease or is under a lot of stress or sustained some injuries, then the body gets into an imbalanced state. In this condition, reflexology can be used to reinstate the equilibrium of the body. This treatment should be carried out by a reflexologist, who is a trained certified professional and have the knowledge of the pressure areas of the hands and feet.

In this process, the patient is asked to lie down on a treatment bed. The reflexologist then applies certain amount of force on specific points on the feet using his or her hands only. The use of this kind of pressure on these fine points stimulates the sensory receptors of the nerves present in the foot. The nerve impulse then get transmitted to the spinal cord and is distributed to the entire nervous system. As a result, pain relieving hormones are released into the bloodstream that gives a soothing effect to the aches, pains and ailments of the body.

When these techniques are used on the palms and back side of the hand, it is called hand reflexology therapy. When applied on foot, it is known as foot reflexology therapy. Reflexologist believe that the different pressure areas of the foot represent various parts of the body so well that one can get a complete road map of the entire body on the foot itself. Therefore foot reflexology is considered to have a better healing effect.

Benefits

In general, it can be said that reflexology promotes the physical, mental as well as emotional well-being of an individual. Some of the key health benefits have been listed below:

  • Reflexology therapy brings about marked improvement in blood and lymph circulation in the body.
  • It provides substantial relief from various forms of recurring pains like migraine, back pain, etc.
  • It has a relaxing effect on our mind and body, and thus reduces stress. Thus, it helps to treat sleep disorders.
  • It strengthens the immune system and provides protection against various types of infections and diseases.
  • It helps to maintain hormonal balance and thus keeps away health disorders associated with hormonal imbalance.
  • It enables the body to discard all toxic substances from our body and thus helps in its detoxification.
  • It can provide stability to the digestive system and cure various forms of digestive problems.
  • It ensures faster recovery from injuries sustained by athletes during sports activities.
  • It rejuvenates the body with energy and helps us to lead an active life.

Reflexology therapy is used for the treatment of various acute and chronic health conditions. There are many people who take this treatment occasionally, to keep themselves healthy. Finally, I would like to say that do not use this therapy as a substitute for a medical treatment. You should seek proper medical advice first and carry out this therapeutic treatment alongside the medical treatment. Moreover, small children or elderly may find this treatment very uncomfortable. Therefore, they undergo this therapy only if they find it comfortable.

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