Reflexology is based on the principle that certain parts of the body relate to the internal organs and other structures of the body. These certain parts of the body are known as “reflex points” and include the hands, feet, face and ears. Pressure is applied to these reflex points in order to bring balance, harmony and health to the body through the stimulation of the body’s own healing capabilities.
Reflexology has an enormous positive impact on the body; it can relieve stress quickly, harmonise the body and also increase immunity. It can provide pain relief, improve digestion, relax the muscles, improves circulation and assists in the proper functioning of the lymphatic system. This type of therapy is an excellent complement to massage and other tactile therapies. It has even become more popular in the nursing profession and is being used increasingly in palliative care, aged care and midwifery.
The basic reflexology techniques can be used by anyone, anytime to help promote balance, reduce stress and manage pain.
The Benefits of Reflexology
- Nervous System: reduces pain, calms the whole body, stimulate endorphins
- Circulatory System: improved circulation which increases nutrients to the cells
- Lymphatic System: reduction in tissue swelling, increased immunity
- Energy Systems: balanced energy flow in the meridians
According to studies 75-80% of disease is said to be caused by stress; reflexology is extremely potent at reducing stress meaning that its effect on wellbeing is very powerful and significant.
Reflexology can be useful in the following areas:
- Stress Management: by reducing nervous tension, calming adrenals and creating a greater sense of wellbeing and coping mechanisms.
- Chronic Illness: promotes elimination of toxins, reduces pain, and assists in activating and balancing all body systems.
- Corporate: reflexology has been used extensively as part of human resource management resulting in decreased employee absences and increased wellbeing of staff.
- Elderly: increased use in nursing homes as it provides excellent pain relief, calming and improved bodily functions.
- Children: teething problems, bed-wetting, colic, constipation, restlessness can all be treated with success by reflexology.
- Foot problems: reduces oedema, alleviates foot pain and improves mobility of foot and ankle.
- Pregnancy & Birth: used my increasing amount of midwives to support women through pregnancy and labour.
For an excellent diagram on the foot reflex points visit http://www.reflexology-research.com/whatis.htm
Here at Live Well we also have Massage Therapists that are qualified in Reflexology, so if any of the above relates to you or you just want to experience the amazing benefits for yourself give us a call.