Reflexology: A Natural-Based Therapy

What is Reflexology?

Reflexology is a natural therapy based on the theory that there are reflexes in the hands and feet that correspond to various parts of the body. The hands and feet are more sensitive than many people realize. As our primary touch sensors, the hands and feet detect pressure, movement, and weight distribution.

A professionally trained reflexologist detects subtle areas of tension at specific points in the hands and feet. By applying acupressure and massage like techniques to these specific areas, the reflexology practitioner strives to stimulate and promote specific bodily, organ, and muscular functions.

Reflexology is a safe, easy and beneficial therapeutic method. Studies have shown that Reflexology can reduce stress and positively affects the central nervous system. This therapy is also thought to heal injury and disease. Anyone enrolled in anorexia treatment or a bulimia clinic might be suffering from poor health or pain in the body and thus may benefit from this type of therapy.

Practice of Reflexology

The practice of reflexology is based on the fact that each part of the body is represented in the feet and hands. Each of these sections of the body are classified as “zones”. There are ten zones in the human body. It is also believed that by pressing and massaging these various areas, the body is positively affected. It has even been said that these zones “cure” the body of disease and injury.

The practice of reflexology usually lasts from around 30 minutes to an hour. Tension levels of the body are positively affected by reflexology therapy. The practice of reflexology is typically applied to the feet and hands.

This process in beneficial to the body in that these movements in the feet and hands send signals to the body’s nervous system. The nervous system then transports signals to the brain which adjust and relax the body in the appropriate ways.

Who Can Benefit From Reflexology?

The practice of Reflexology can benefit just about everyone. People included are:

  • Elderly
  • Those with chronic levels of pain
  • A person with great anxiety
  • People with arthritis
  • Those with fibromyalgia
  • Anyone who has sustained a sports injury
  • Children
  • Those with acute levels of pain
  • Anyone with allergies
  • Someone suffering from digestive complications
  • A person suffering from great levels of stress
  • People who have difficulty sleeping or who are in a constant state of fatigue

This therapy is wide spread and is used among nurses and cosmetologists as well as in numerous other professions. Reflexology is so widely used because of its great versatility and numerous benefits. This therapy is also thought to benefit those in trauma recovery and those in eating disorder treatment centers.

Benefits of Reflexology

Benefits of reflexology include:

  • Enhanced blood flow
  • Pain relief
  • Relaxation
  • Assistance in getting rid of the body’s toxins
  • Decrease in the number of headaches
  • Nerve stimulation
  • Relief of allergy symptoms
  • Stress reduction
  • Lessened fatigue, feeling energized
  • Healthier immune system
  • Temporary tingling sensations and feelings of wanting to sleep
  • Sense of well-being

Negative Side Effects of Reflexology

In some cases, temporary negative effects of reflexology occur. These include:

  • Headache
  • Feelings of nausea
  • Sensitivity in the feet

These side effects may occur as a result of toxins being emitted from the body. Any negative side effects which occur are not expected to last any longer than 24 hours. Such results may occur in someone who first experiences reflexology, but are unlikely to occur again and are only the result of the positive changes being made in the body.