Reflexology is a treatment that uses pressure points on the bottom of the feet to assist in healing specific areas of the body. There are over 7000 nerves in the bottom of the feet and each one is connected to an organ, endocrine or a body part. By stimulating these specific points, it encourages that corresponding area to heal and work as it normally would.
Each foot represents one half of the body, the organs that are found in the right half of the body such as the liver and gallbladder are treated on the right foot, the pancreas, stomach, spleen and heart are treated on the left. It is because if this, reflexology is considered a method of alternative medicine, treating the body as a whole and not as individual systems. Apart from treating the body as a whole reflexology can also be used to alleviate foot pain from standing or poor shoe support.
For those of us that don’t feel comfortable undressing and getting a massage, rest assured! Reflexology is treated fully clothed (although you do have to take off your socks and shoes) and you can receive the same benefits as getting a massage. Light to deep pressure is used depending on the preference of the client and the whole body is treated in the course of an hour, although 30 and 45 minute treatments are available. If there is any time left at the end of the treatment the therapist will go back and retreat the problem areas again. Like most therapies, it usually takes 3-4 treatments to really start feeling a change with in the body. But there are immediate differences as well. After the treatment you will feel very relaxed, relief from pain in the feet and some even say that their feet feel tingly and lighter. The long team effects of reflexology are great; deceased blood pressure, decreased stress and anxiety, calming digestive distresses, and balance hormones only to name a few.
Your reflexologist should always take a health history before hand to make sure there are no problem with receiving treatment. For the most part reflexology is safe and beneficial for people of all ages, as long as there is no pain involved. The only time the reflexologist must be cautious is with pregnancy. There are specific reflexology points that must be avoided, so let your therapist know before the treatment.
Don’t hesitate to communicate with your therapist about pressure if you feel uncomfortable or if there is a certain area that is painful. Sometimes there is an area that is uncomfortable or even painful, this may indicate a problem within its corresponding area. For example I have found in people with diabetes, that the pancreas (which isn’t working properly) can be tender depending on the severity.
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