Reflexologists do not heal their clients; the body responds to touch, this allows the body to heal itself. Reflexology can facilitate healing throughout the body on all levels.
Reflexology works along holistic principles aiming to treat your mind, body and spirit rather than a diagnosis or set of symptoms. Pinches Reflexology aims to rebalance the whole of your being and so may be more effective than working directly on one part.
There are many health benefits of foot massage & reflexology. The feet bear the weight of the whole body, they allow locomotion and they do a lot of work.
Reflexology is an ancient healing practice which was first practiced in China. It is based on the principle that there are reflex points on the feet that correspond to the body’s different organs and glands.
Massage improves metabolism, stimulates the secretion of sweat, mobilizes fat, improves blood flow and accelerates the flow of blood through the tissue. Reflexology is actually healing, for example, the brain, which is represented on both feet, is connected to a reflex point on your toes.
Reflexology works to release tension and therefore relieving energy blockages. Reflexology is beneficial because it stretches and relieves heel pain caused by plantar fasciitis. During this special massage treatment, ligaments and muscles of the foot are relaxed and loosened, in addition to the calf muscles.
The reflexologist applies Shi-Atsu pressure (shi = finger, atsu= pressure) to the reflex points (effectively nerve endings) this increases circulation, removes blockages and tension. With the external stimulus applied to the feet and toes, the impulse creates a response in the connected organ, this in turn, creates an increase in protoplasm and normalises its function. Briefly, it activates deep cellular activity, so it allows the body to fully develop its own self- healing powers and helps to maintain optimum health. Reflexology helps the body to achieve balance (known as homeostasis) in all its systems, organs and cells.
A reflexologist may feel the energy move from a point of pressure on feet, hands or ears throughout the body. This chart illustrates which parts of the feet relate to specific organs:
The reflexologist takes into account all aspects of the client’s being: body, emotion, mind, and spirit. A relaxed body can induce calm emotions, a serene mind, and an integrated spirit.
There have been studies that have revealed that reflexology, specifically foot, could reduce pain and mental health issues, such as depression and anxiety. This bodywork relieves symptoms of depression as it stimulates particular pressure points/nerve endings in the hands and feet.
You can treat upper back pain by applying reflexology to the reflex points for your shoulders and upper back, which are represented on the soles and tops of your feet just beneath the base of your toes.
Reflexology benefits include:
- Boosted energy levels
- Deeper relaxation
- Improved circulation
- More efficient toxin elimination
- Better sleep patterns
- Reduction in headaches and migraines
Why should I go for reflexology?
Many people enjoy reflexology for its relaxation properties. There is also plenty of anecdotal evidence to suggest that it contributes to the relief of pain conditions such as migraine, sinus and menstrual problems, and irritable bowel syndrome. It is also used to help alleviate some side effects of chemotherapy.
Who shouldn’t go?
Reflexology is not recommended for sufferers of deep vein thrombosis or for anyone suffering from any form of haemorrhage or undiagnosed pain.
Generally speaking, reflexology is also unsuitable for those with diabetes or epilepsy or anyone on a lot of medication.