Has it ever dawned on you that the key to staying healthy may actually lie in your feet?
Do you know that you can find relief for physical pain and also for treating emotional problems such as anxiety simply by applying pressure to certain specific parts of your feet? At this point, you might have already heard of Reflexology, but maybe you have never thought of using it for your problems.
Reflexology dates back to ancient Egypt.
It is the technique of applying gentle pressure to reflex areas on the feet or hands to bring about a state of deep relaxation and to stimulate the body’s own healing processes. For many people who do not fancy the ‘traditional’ medicine and try not to take too many pharmaceuticals, reflexology has become the best way to cure lots of aches and pains without using any kind of chemical stuff.
According to the site drweil.com, “Reflexology (or foot reflexology) is a therapy based on the principle that there are small and specific areas of innervation in the hands and feet that correspond to specific muscle groups or organs of the body. In this system, the nerve endings in the extremities provide a “map” of the rest of the body. Examples are the base of the little toe representing the ear, or the ball of the foot representing the lung. Through the application of pressure on particular areas of the hands or feet, reflexology is said to promote benefits such as the relaxation of tension, improvement of circulation, and support of normalized function in the related area in the body.”
Reflexology is now available at most healthcare and wellness centres around the world. Although best administered by professionals, turns out there are simple ways you can use this effective technique at home on members of your family too – whatever their ages!
Reflexology is a safe, natural therapy for all ages that can boost energy, help the immune system and create a stronger body and calmer mind.
Plus, did you know that when you apply reflexology, you stimulate 7,000 nerves in the feet? This happens because the body is divided into ten longitudinal zones that provide a simple numbering sequence. Each toe falls into one zone and there are five zones in each foot – see diagram. Zones are distributed up the body like slices, and when you work on the feet you are automatically working through the whole body.
According to London School of Reflexology, however, there’s a step-by-step guide to this natural therapy that stimulates the body to heal itself.
Dr. Helena Reid tells WebMD, “If your feet aren’t healthy, it affects how you function and live your life.”
And while you might have heard that reflexology could be used to relieve pain, as with this incredible clothespin ear reflexology method, maybe you never realized that it could be good for healing many different parts of your body too.
WebMD’s Ellen Strum writes, “According to the tenets of reflexology, there are areas in the feet that correspond to glands, organs, parts, and systems of the body.”
All you have to do is massage each specific area of the soles of your feet in order to reap the benefits.
By massaging each area, and applying direct pressure with your fingers, you can relieve pain and promote health for specific organs, glands, and body parts. And you do this in a natural way, using a ‘language’ that your body understands more than pharmaceuticals, which normally have at least as many counter-indications as positive effects on the specific area of intervention.
The 12 benefits of reflexology
• Encourages the body to heal disorders
• Relieves the effects of stress
• Improves the immune system
• Assists post-operative recovery by decreasing pain and increasing healing
• Encourages better circulation
• Improves bowel movements
• Eliminates waste products from the body
• Relieves pain
• Clears the body of toxins
• Improves nerve stimulation
• Promotes general relaxation
• Creates stronger bonds with children
These simple foot massages can have a large impact on your pain levels and overall health.
So let’s see how reflexology works for each part of the body that ails you!
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