The healing benefits of foot reflexology are similar to the benefits and methodology of acupuncture, with the difference being that reflexology uses pressure rather than needles to activate points and organs throughout the body – to relieve pain, stimulate circulation, and bring balance.
If done correctly, reflexology has several benefits; from improving blood circulation, fighting depression, aiding relaxation and relieving body pain.
Reflexology is generally relaxing and may be an effective way to alleviate stress. The theory behind reflexology is that these areas correspond to organs and systems of the body. It is generally considered safe, although very vigorous pressure may cause discomfort for some people, so be sure to inform your practitioner if the pressure used is too much for you.
Reflexology is a holistic practice that works to keep the body in balance and to help activate the body’s natural ability to heal itself and return back to a state of harmony.
Research has shown that a single reflexology session can create relaxation, reduce anxiety, diminish pain, improve blood flow and decrease high blood pressure. Reflexology works with the central nervous system. According to the theory, the reflexologist’s application of pressure to feet, hands, and even ears sends a calming message from the peripheral nerves in these extremities to the central nervous system, which in turn signals the body to adjust its tension level.
Reflexology can work to help the body heal itself and people often seek a reflexologist for help with common ailments such musculoskeletal pain, insomnia, hormonal or digestive issues. Because there are so many reflexology centres out there, be sure that the one you choose has practitioners who are both experienced and qualified.
For frequent foot reflexology goers, some form of pain will probably still exist during the treatment. However, it might be more painful for those who are new to foot reflexology. Even though the pressure points of the foot reflects the body, pain does not mean you have any health problems, but if you are concerned, you should visit your family doctor, just to be safe.