The Benefits of Reflexology
Reflexology is a powerful holistic complementary therapy that involves applying pressure to reflex points on the feet and hands. By using a unique method of finger and thumb pressure on these specific reflex points the corresponding parts of the body are positively affected encouraging the body to work naturally to restore its own healthy balance and to promote wellness.
Reflexology can be a deeply relaxing experience which encourages the body's natural healing process, restoring natural balance and promoting physical, emotional and spiritual well-being. It does this by reducing stress and tension, improving blood flow, nerve supply and oxygen intake, thus giving you a more relaxed body and mind.
A professionally trained Reflexologist can detect subtle imbalances and deposits in the feet and by applying specific pressure to these reflexes they can help release blockages and restore the free flow of energy to the whole body, thereby enabling the body to get rid of toxic waste products and heal itself.
Reflexology is widely acknowledged by the public in the UK and is recognised by some doctors, consultants, the NHS and some hospices as a well-established, respected and effective non intrusive complementary health therapy. It is often part of those complementary therapies offered alongside conventional treatment for cancer and other degenerative disease such as multiple sclerosis. An ever increasing number of people from all walks of life are turning to this safe, natural holistic therapy as a way of relaxing the mind, balancing and harmonising the body and counteracting stress.
- Reduces stress, tension and promotes relaxation
Approximately 75% of today’s health problems can be linked to stress, which manifests itself in many different ways and can have a very negative impact on our physical, mental and emotional well being. Stress is a major contributory factor to illness and disorders such as insomnia, migraines, digestive problems, fatigue and many others.
When we are subjected to prolonged periods of stress, the body’s defences break down and we become more susceptible to illness and disease. Our energy reserves become depleted and there is less energy available to fight infections or make repairs.
Reflexology, on a regular basis may help to alleviate the effects of modern day stress by generating deep tranquil relaxation, helping the body balance itself by relieving tension held in the body and allowing healing energy to flow.
There is a great deal that reflexology can do to interrupt the stress process and rebalance and normalise the system to obtain harmony of both mind and body.
- Improves sleep
Sleep is essential to a person’s physical and emotional well-being. The lack of quality sleep can have a negative impact on your health, energy, concentration which can lead to difficulties at work, impair your memory, emotional balance and mood. Most of us will have experienced trouble sleeping from time to time. This is often temporary and normal, however if it is a regular occurrence and interferes with your daily life it may indicate that you may have a sleeping disorder.
Problems with sleep can occur due to stress or from everyday lifestyle choices, including the medications you take, jetlag, shift work or a change in hormone balance, lack of exercise, but most commonly anxiety will be the underlying cause. Reflexology may help with sleep problems including insomnia purely by helping the body and mind to relax and switch off.
- Improves and stimulates blood circulation and nerve supply
It is vital that the blood and nerve supply to every organ be at a maximum, in order to keep the body at a normal balance. Blood needs to flow freely throughout the body carrying oxygen/nutrients to all the cells, removing waste products of metabolism and other toxins. Stress and tension tighten up the cardiovascular system restricting blood flow so that the circulation becomes sluggish. As tension is eased, pressure on the nerves and vessels is relaxed, thus improving the flow of blood and its oxygen-rich nutrients to all parts of the body. Reflexology assists the flow naturally.
- Balances the whole system
For good health, all the systems in our body need to work together in a harmonious balance of activity - homeostasis. If any one system or organ becomes either too excessive or too deficient, it gradually affects all the others and a negative imbalance is created. Reflexology works to balance the body as a whole unit by reducing stress and in this way it can help bring relief to a variety of ailments such as back ache, menstrual problems, migraines, digestive complaints and depression to name a few.
Reflexology has the effect of regulating and balancing hormonal secretions including thyroid problems – whether they are under or over active in their production. Too much or too little of any hormone can be harmful to the body, therefore a hormonal imbalance can have a major or sometimes severe effect on your mental, emotional and physical health.
Two of the most frequent causes of hormonal imbalance are nutritional deficiencies and stress. Stress is probably the most common of these two.
- Cleanses the body of toxins and impurities
If toxins and waste products build up in the body, it will affect the body’s immune system and lower resistance to infection. Reflexology helps cleanse the body by stimulation of the lymphatic and excretory systems which assists the unblocking of waste matter build-up.
Stress can affect these systems so that they don’t function at their optimal level. Reflexology has the effect of increasing the flow and movement of these systems by reducing stress and tension held in the body.
- Boosts and supports the immune system
Reflexology stimulates the production of endorphins, leading to an improved immune system and sense of well-being. It stimulates the lymphatic system thus reducing the risk of infection. When the immune system becomes low illness may occur. Reflexology boosts the immune system helping to fight colds and flu, easing the physical symptoms and speeding up the recovery process.
- Improves digestion
A healthy digestive system helps immunity by ensuring toxins do not escape from the gastrointestinal tract into the body. Some common disorders of the stomach and intestines are related to diet which may be aggravated by anxiety/emotions.
Reflexology supports the digestive function due to the relaxing effect through the nervous system along with the stimulation of digestive reflexes. Since we receive nourishment from food which creates energy, proper digestion is a very important aspect of balanced health. Poor digestive function can create serious health issues both physically and psychologically.
- Helps with pain relief
Reflexology can interrupt the pain cycle, by encouraging the body to release endorphins. It can also be used to help with sports injuries as reflexology stimulates the nerve and blood flow to the damaged region, facilitating the healing process.
A survey in 2013 suggests that reflexology may be as effective as painkillers for common conditions such a back ache and osteoarthritis. The article written by Ben Mitchell of 'The Independent' Newspaper can be read by clicking on the link below:-
- Revitalises energy and improves your general well being
From time to time most of us have complained of having ‘low energy’. This can affect our ability to concentrate, lead to a loss of motivation for things we usually enjoy doing or just a physical feeling of tiredness. Reflexology revitalises energy throughout the body by relaxing and opening up blocked energy pathways which helps to make us feel better about ourselves.
- Preventative health care
Many people use reflexology as a way of relaxing the mind and body and counteracting stress. Preventative health care can save a great deal of time, money and frustration as well as maintain a good quality of life. The negative effects of everyday life, stress, emotions, attitudes, and improper eating can throw the body out of balance. If one part of the body doesn’t work properly the whole body suffers, then minor aches, pains and general fatigue which are often the forerunners of more serious complaints begin to surface.
Reflexology complements conventional medicine and is not intended to replace medical treatment and advice. Reflexologists do not claim to cure, diagnose or prescribe.