Reflexology is a holistic therapy which is incredibly relaxing! It is what we all need – with so much stress and pressure in our daily lives sometimes! It goes much deeper than just a foot massage, it will not only de-stress you as it is so calming and relaxing but will help your mind and body re-centre and find balance. It will boost your immune system and help alleviate numerous health conditions and problems and what a treat and bonus that is!
Here is how it works!….
How reflexology works and the benefits!
Reflexology works on the premise that all your internal organs are mapped onto the soles of your feet and hands. With the gentle application of pressure and massage to these corresponding reflex points, it soothes and calms all the nerve endings in your feet, which then eases away muscular tension in your whole body, any stress and tiredness and restores balance back to the whole body again.
The Reflexologist can detect and feel any tiny deposits of uric acid crystals which have built up in the feet and hands as a result of sluggishness in certain organs. So, by massaging and breaking them down, the crystals are removed which then improves the flow of blood and circulation back to all the organs in the body, thereby enabling those organs to function much better.
The relaxation and calm element induced during the reflexology treatment, enables the parasympathetic nervous system to work better too. During states of stress, the sympathetic nervous system is activated to allow the ‘fight or flight’ response to enable the body to cope and manage. It stimulates the adrenal gland to produce certain hormones which increases the heart rate and rushes blood to the muscles and brain by vasoconstriction, as well as increasing the blood sugar levels. This can help to deal with immediate danger, but can wreak havoc with the body if stimulated constantly due to this repeated stress response.
The parasympathetic nervous system which is known as the ‘rest and digest system’ has the opposite affect and allows the body to conserve energy because it slows the heart rate, increases intestinal and gland activity, and relaxes sphincter muscles in the gastrointestinal tract and calms the organs down. Consequently, with reflexology, this can be achieved during a treatment and so help ease mental and emotional conditions such as anxiety, panic attacks, insomnia, mood swings and depression.
Other Benefits of Reflexology:
Reflexology and Pregnancy: After the first trimester of pregnancy, it is safe to have reflexology and can work wonders to calm and relax both the Mother and baby for the coming months and in preparation for the birth. It can help the body to adjust better to the physical changes. It has been known that reflexology can help to turn breech babies and induce labour if overdue, by working specific reflex areas and certain acupressure points.
Reflexology and Cancer: Reflexology can complement cancer treatment very well in many ways as it can help the body to cope with the side effects of chemotherapy, radiotherapy and medications, as well help the body to heal quicker after surgery.
It can be quite a stressful time for people going through this experience, and so it can help calm the mind, giving the person a safe place to process the mixed emotions and worries. As well as time to rest and be pampered, which is very important during cancer treatment as it can sometimes feel like quite an invasive process in hospital. Reflexology can help the person stay centred and positive and assist the body to heal and cope. Treatments can also be combined with reiki, which is a non-invasive therapy and works wonders to still the mind and improve the energy flow.
I have worked with many clients going through cancer treatment and have seen the benefits of reflexology and reiki. I have walked beside them on their journey and have warmly supported them through the process and after as well with positive results.
Reflexology will therefore ease away stress, tensions, improve circulation, eliminate toxins, boost the immune system and stimulate the body’s own natural healing ability. This will help numerous health conditions! Come and try it out for yourself!
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