What is Reflexology?
Reflexology is an ancient form of alternative therapy that involves applying pressure to certain areas, primarily on the feet, ears and hands.
These reflex points connect to different organs that when pressed will have a positive effect on the individual’s health. It works together with traditional Western medicine to promote holistic healing and vitality.
Those who practice reflexology believed that a blocked invisible life force or energy flow called Qi will prevent complete healing of the body.
It further claims that pressures on the feet will carry signals that bring balance to the nervous system. It may also discharge chemicals like endorphins to alleviate pain and stress. The medical community has not supported these claims due to inadequate scientific study.
During the treatment, the practitioner is will use several techniques which include kneading, rubbing, and finger pressure.
They use foot charts to guide them when applying pressure to certain reflex areas. They also use a wooden stick, rubber band or balls for their work.
What’s in it for you?
While it’s not intended to replace conventional medical procedure, many still chose this to help enhance their other health treatment.
Reflexology helps improve poor circulation. It’s beneficial for those suffering from migraines, stress, anxiety, depression, symptoms of menopausal and respiratory conditions. It also help restore balance and stimulate itself into healing, especially when you have experienced injuries and lacks the energy.
Several studies have shown that it can alleviate the pain of Multiple Sclerosis and cancer patients, but there are no concrete scientific evidence to back these claims.
Reflexology is generally a safe treatment, however a strong pressure might bring discomfort to some individuals.
What you need to know before having a reflexology treatment?
- During your initial consultation, your reflexologist will ask questions about medical history (for any health issues), diet and lifestyle. Make sure to give them a complete and honest rundown of your health history.
- Pregnant women and patients with foot injuries, open wounds, active foot gout, foot ulcers and other blood vessel diseases are advised not to engage in reflexology.
- Ask your reflexologist if he has taken relevant certification before starting a session. 200 hours of reflexology training is commonly required to receive certification. Ideally, you would want someone who has undergone proper training and certification on reflexology rather than from a regular massage specialist.
- During the treatment, a reflexologist applies a painless pressure on feet using forefingers and thumbs to pinpoint areas in the body that are not functioning well.
- Sessions may go between 30 minutes to one hour and this one of those therapies that don’t need to undress. You may use oils or lotions.
- Reflexology should help you relax so if you feel some discomfort, it’s best to inform your reflexologist about it.
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