Reflexology is the application of appropriate pressure to specific points and areas on the feet, hands, or ears. Reflexologists believe that these areas and reflex points correspond to different body organs and systems, and that pressing them has a beneficial effect on the organs and person's general health. Our foot which bears the weight of the whole body, allows locomotion and does a lot of work.
Foot reflexology refers to massaging and pressuring certain areas on the feet also called ‘zones’ or ‘reflex areas’. It is believed that doing so causes a physical change in the body depending on the area being targeted. The idea behind benefiting from reflexology is the belief that the whole human body is holographically represented on the sole of the foot and hitting the right area on the feet causes a specific organ to be positively affected.
People who constantly receive a reflexology foot massage have vouched that it takes care of problems like insomnia, dizziness, and high blood pressure and kidney problems. It has been regarded as exponential in relieving stress and mental tension. These benefits are just a few of the many advantages of this soothing therapy.
Improves Blood Circulation
A study conducted in the year 2008 signified that reflexology leads to improved blood flow not only to the feet but also to organs like the kidneys and the intestine and led to better functioning. We either have an extremely sedentary lifestyle these days or a highly busy one which keeps us on our feet all day. Getting a reflexology foot massage can be the ultimate soothing tool. Increased and better blood flow means that the nutrients and oxygen contained in the blood reach to the organs quicker improving nourishment.
We, humans, are practically big sacks of stress. Our lives and mentally demanding routines have made us carry a huge amount of stress on a daily basis. There is nothing better than a soothing reflexology foot massage to unwind and to cut all that stress away. Targeting the solar plexus which holds the entire body’s stress, opens energy channels and lets the healing flow all through your body eliminating absolutely any stress present. It takes care of all the fatigue and the tiredness and gives you a sense of rejuvenation and relaxation.
There are zones on the sole of the foot which correspond to mental health and emotional stability. Massaging the central portion of the big toe and the spot at the center of the ball of the foot cause those zones to be activated and deliver a generalized sense of well being and a calm and happier mood. It has been proven by scientific research that foot massages after the loss of a loved one, provide consolation and help in the grieving process.
A Cambridge clinic observed that people suffering from insomnia benefited heavily from the use of foot massage reflexology. Applying pressure to specific areas like the ones for the pituitary gland, the thyroid, and the adrenals really help with this. The pituitary is the center of all hormonal release and stimulating it leads to better sleep-wake cycle enhancing overall sleep and effectively curing insomnia.
The brain cells are the most active and fragile cells of the body and require a stable supply of oxygen and nutrients. When areas corresponding to the brain are stimulated by applying pressure on them, the oxygen and nutrient delivery gets enhanced. This leads to better cerebral functioning overall and an improved memory.
Reduction of Pain
The foot is filled with around 15,000 nerve endings specialized for the perception of pain and other sensory modalities. However, reflexology not only relieves foot aches but by making use of these nerve endings also heals backaches, neck pains as well as migraines. Target the side of the toe for backaches, the toe joints for neck pain and the whole ankle to get relief from migraines.Relief from pain can be achieved by making use of reflexology. Applying pressure onto the zones leads to the production of endorphins. Endorphins are hormones that act like natural painkillers and rid the body of the sensation of pain. It works even better than morphine which is one of the strongest painkillers. Stimulation of the correct zones leads to reduced pain due to endorphin release and is being made use of widely to combat pain.
Helps with Pregnancy
The process of labor is sped up with a reflexology foot massage. The area between the ankle and the heel is often used by reflexologists to induce labor and to stimulate contractions. Another possible benefit of reflexology is relief from the generalized pains and aches which are experienced by every other pregnant woman.