Reflexology is so much more than just a lovely relaxing foot massage.
Top Ten Benefits of a Reflexology treatment;
Relieves Pains and Aches
One of the benefits of reflexology is its ability to treat different types of aches and pains, such as neck pain, migraines, headaches and upper and lower backaches. It relieves tension in the muscles that may often lead to these conditions. Headaches occurring due to stress can also be alleviated with foot massages.
Reflexology has been known to stimulate more than 7,000 different nerve endings. As our bodies age, these nerve endings become less sensitive. Having a foot reflexology can improve the function and reactivity of nerve endings.
Reflexology also opens and cleans out neural pathways of various areas around the body. It is important to activate neural pathways to improve the manner of conveying information from the nervous system to the brain.
Fights Anxiety and Depression
Serotonin, a hormone released by neurons in the brain, promotes happiness. Low levels of this hormone may result in bad mood and depression. Massaging the top of your toes can enhance the production of serotonin. The adrenal, hypothalamic, pineal and pituitary glands also play a role in emotions, including depression. Stimulating these reflex points by massaging the feet is also effective in alleviating anxiety and stress.
One of the benefits of reflexology is an improvement in blood flow throughout the body. This means that blood and oxygen are transported through all areas more efficiently. Gently stroking the finger, hands, and feet will significantly enhance circulation to vital organs. The bodily systems function even better as more oxygen is cycled. This also increases metabolism and results in faster regrowth and healing of damaged cells.
Makes Feet Healthier
You can keep your feet healthier with reflexology. It stimulates the muscles, reduces pain in the ankles and heels, and alleviates stiffness.
A 5-minute foot massage every day can keep your ankles flexible and strong. This, in turn, will prevent unpleasant injuries. Massaging your feet provides relief from inflammation and pain resulting from foot tendonitis. It is also an effective natural treatment for heel spurs.
After a long working day, particularly after a day of standing, walking and running around, the best way to relax is to have a foot massage. As mentioned before, reflexology can open neural pathways and results in a more relaxed condition in the body. This reduces stress levels, triggering a state of calm throughout your mind and body.
Reduces PMS and Menopause Symptoms
Most women suffer from irritability, dysmenorrhea, bloating, headaches, fatigue, insomnia and mood swings during PMS premenstrual syndrome. These symptoms can be alleviated with daily massage. Reflexology is also useful for reducing menopause symptoms like depression and hot flashes.
Lowers Blood Pressure
High blood pressure or hypertension affects millions of people around the world and causes kidney disease, strokes and cardiovascular diseases. Reflexology has been found to lower systolic blood pressure and triglyceride effectively.
If you or someone you know has high blood pressure, massage the solar plexus reflex point. This point can be easily located by squeezing each side of the foot. The visible hallow that forms is where the reflex point is. Press this for a few seconds with your thumb. Follow this treatment twice a week to lower blood pressure, prevent anxiety and enhance mood.
Excessive processed foods, additives and pollution increases the levels of toxins in our bodies this leads to poor function of vital organs resulting in aches, fever, pains, and fatigue. One of the best ways to eliminate toxins from the body is reflexology.
It has been shown that reflexology can improve the function of the bladder, making it more efficient in eliminating toxins and other unwanted substances. This lowers the risk of UTI’s and other health diseases.
Foot massage before going to bed also induces sleep. Reflexology is commonly applied to treat sleep disorders such as insomnia. Fortunately, applying pressure on certain points help the body and nerves relax while improving blood circulation.
Hope you enjoyed finding out a bit more about the benefits of Reflexology.
Reflexology is something we are looking at offering in the clinic. If you would like to give us your feedback as to whether this is something you would be interested in, please get in touch.
Georgina is a fully qualified Reflexologist & is looking at being available on Saturday’s to take booking for treatments.