Footnotes on Foot Reflexology
A reflex zone is an area connected to other parts of your body, such as the eyes, ears, kidneys, and sciatic nerves. We have reflex zones on the hands, ears, and feet that can be soothed through a method called “reflexology.” Reflexology, although it’s often combined with massage, is a separate practice that applies pressures to these reflex zones. It is believed that applying pressure to reflex zones affects the nerves, which then carry signals to other parts of your body. Reported benefits include relaxation, and improved lymphatic drainage as well as blood circulation.
Think about how much pressure you put on your feet each day. A foot reflexology massage can be a deeply relaxing and therapeutic modality for those suffering from plantar fasciitis, ankle injuries, or even aches from everyday work and play. With the repeated action of applying pressure and manipulating nerve endings on the foot, reflexology can help to clear any channels of blocked energy through moving the flow of blood, nutrients and nerve impulses to ultimately improve overall health and balance. The benefits are not only physical because a good foot massage can also improve your mental and emotional state.
Although there are no hard facts to prove what a foot massage can really do, practitioners and patients claim that reflexology can:
- Prevent/cure diseases
- Cure colds/modern ailments
- Increase energy
- Relieve stress, pain, and anxiety
- Improve blood and lymph circulation
- Stimulate activity of internal organs
- Relieve pressure on legs and feet
- Reduce the severity of headaches
What to Expect
The goal of reflexology is to release stress/congestion in the nervous system and to balance a person’s energy. A reflexology session may be general or it may focus on specific problem areas. There is a reflexology foot map so that even if you are looking to address a specific condition, such as kidney function, the reflexologist will work on all areas of the foot. Working on the entire foot has been known to open nerve pathways and blockages to promote relaxation throughout the body. Everyone’s body responds differently to reflexology, so there may not be a response on your first attempt.
Tips for the Perfect Reflexology Session
- Assure that they are qualified, ask to see their qualifications if you are in doubt.
- Make sure they take case notes on the condition of your feet and ask to take a copy with you. This way, if you have reflexology done again in the future you can track the progression of your feet and body health.
- Plan to not do much after the first few sessions; reflexology has common side effects (drowsiness, increased/decreased energy) that can last for up to 24 hours.
- Remember that reflexology does not heal anything and does not replace medical treatment. Avoid any reflexologist who claims to heal medical problems.
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