What Is Reflexology? Your Ultimate Guide
Reflexology involves the application of pressure to specific reflex points on the foot. These points correspond to organs and areas of the body, and the treatment is said to induce a healing response. Here’s everything you need to know about this treatment.
What Is The History Of Reflexology?
Reflexology is based on the ancient Chinese belief in qi (vital energy). According to the belief, qi flows through each body and when a person is stressed, their body blocks qi. This causes an imbalance that leads to illness. Reflexology aims to keep qi flowing through the body.
In the 1890s, British scientists found that there are nerves which connect the skin and internal organs, and the body’s whole nervous system can adjust to outside factors – including touch. It is believed that this is why reflexology can elicit such a calming response.
What Does A Reflexologist Do?
During a reflexology appointment, you will be asked about your health and if you have any particular concerns. The reflexologist will then work on either the feet, hands or ears, manipulating various pressure points which relate to any areas of the body that you are experiencing difficulty with.
Reflexology is extremely relaxing, working as a preventative and effective treatment for stress. It naturally causes a release of endorphins – happy chemicals – which lead to you feeling less anxious and tense. This can also help to improve your sleep quality.
This therapy can be beneficial for many people, including:
Reflexology can encourage increased blood circulation to injured parts of the body, helping to speed up recovery. It can also help to remove lactic acid enabling you to get back to training more quickly.
- People suffering from a range of health issues
Symptoms for conditions such as lymphoedema, arthritis, asthma, chronic fatigue and many more may be eased through regular reflexology.
- People experiencing stress and anxiety
Reflexology is an effective treatment for stress and anxiety. The release of endorphins helps to lower the blood pressure, leaving you feeling more relaxed. Many people report feeling more balanced and calm after a session.
How Does Reflexology Work?
Reflexology is based on the principle that there are points on the feet, hands and ears that are connected through the nervous system to corresponding parts of the body. When pressure is applied, it stimulates the movement of energy along the nerve channels, helping to restore balance.
There are approximately 7,000 nerve endings in the foot. A reflexologist uses finger and thumb manipulations to stimulate these points, leading to a beneficial response in the body.
Reflexology shouldn’t be used as an alternative to seeking medical advice, because it is not used to cure, diagnose or prescribe. However, it can be used as an effective supplemental treatment.
Where To Book Your Appointment…
Whether you need a podiatrist or a reflexologist, Northwich Foot Clinic & Physio can help. You can book your appointment online and we will be happy to see you. Northwich Foot Clinic & Physio is easily accessible across the North West.