Reflexology, what is it all about?!
Reflexology is a type of massage that involves applying different amounts of pressure to the feet, hands, and ears.
It’s based on a theory that these body parts are connected to certain organs and body systems.
Reflexology is a therapy that has been around for more than a thousand years! Actually, it can be traced back to the ancient civilisations of India, Egypt, and China.
The benefits of Reflexology
The benefits of reflexology may include its ability to stimulate nerve function, increase energy, boost circulation, induce a deep state of relaxation, and eliminate toxins from the body.
Relieves Aches & Pains
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 nervous endings. As our bodies age, these nerve endings become less sensitive. Having a foot reflexology can improve the function and reactivity of nervous endings, especially in our lower extremities.
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. It 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. 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.
Relaxation and Better Sleep
Reflexology can open neural pathways and result in a more relaxed condition in the body. This reduces stress levels, triggering a state of calm throughout your mind and body.
Reflexology is commonly applied to treat sleep disorders such as insomnia. Fortunately, applying pressure on certain points helps the body and nerves relax while improving blood circulation..
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.
While reflexology does not directly cure cancer, it can provide relief from the side effects of various cancer treatments, such as radiation therapy and chemotherapy. Reflexology is also known to increase blood flow and clear neural pathways, which may help to stimulate antioxidant activity and slow the spread of cancer.
The levels of toxins in our bodies impede the proper functions of vital organs resulting in aches, fever, pains, and fatigue. One of the best ways to eliminate toxins from the body is reflexology.
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