Are you feeling stressed, tired or in need of a little extra relaxation in your life? You might want to give reflexology a try. This week is World Reflexology Week so we thought we’d dive into some of the amazing benefits of this ancient art.
Reflexology has been around for hundreds if not thousands of years… we’re talking the ancient Egyptians and Chinese here! It has been used for centuries to promote wellbeing, relieve tension and even enhance your overall health.
What is reflexology?
Basically, it involves the reflexologist applying pressure to specific points on the body primarily the feet, but sometimes the ears & based on the concept that there are corresponding zones on our feet below aligned with parts of our bodies. Reflexology aims to holistically restore balance to the body and enhance overall wellbeing.
It is said that Reflexology can help enhance the natural healing mechanisms of your body by stimulating more than 7,000 nerve endings in one session.
Although it is used around the world and is said to help with numerous conditions there isn’t much clinical evidence to support it and it is currently unregulated in the UK.
Here are some of the key benefits…
One of the key uses of reflexology is the management of stress induced conditions like headaches, poor sleep, digestive issues. This because it helps induce a deep relaxation, helping to reduce stress and anxiety levels.
It is meant to help improve nerve function which apparently decreases with every passing year. Reflexology can help to improve functionality as it stimulates various reflex areas.
It is meant to help increase circulation through the body of blood and oxygen, opening up blockages in your system by stimulating nerve endings in your feet.
Reflexology works with the energy system by working out and releasing blockages through the zones and meridian lines and facilitating improved energy flow, so that the body can then repair itself.
It can boost endorphins as well as reducing stress hormones. The sense of relaxation can be enhanced through the use of essential oils.
Reflexology can support the body’s natural detoxification process. This is done by stimulating reflex points associated with the liver, kidneys and lymphatic system, helping your body to eliminate toxins more efficiently.
Reflexology is a natural and non-invasive therapy that offers a wide range of potential emotional and physical benefits. Why not give it a try – consider scheduling a session with a qualified reflexologist and experience this ancient healing art yourself.