Discover the benefits of reflexology, then check out the reflexology foot map at the end of the article to check out the specific pressure points linked to each organ!
When it comes to reflexology, there are many myths out there such as it being very painful, a fad or even oversimplified into a relaxing foot massage. However, if you reference back to the ancient Chinese medicine, you’d discover they believed that one couldn’t achieve a truly healthy body unless there was a perfect balance within the body. In enters the benefits of reflexology.
I asked one of my massage therapist friends, Andrea Fleming, LMTI about when she determines incorporating it would be beneficial to clients and this is what she said:
“I usually recommend reflexology for anyone who is experiencing pain from a condition that originates internally, or to support a more complicated pain issue, where an internal component is present. For instance, someone may be experiencing pain from migraines, constipation, or menstrual cramps, and I can address most of that pain with standard massage techniques, but to address the root cause, which may be a chronic internal imbalance, reflexology can be the modality to complete the treatment. It can be done either during the same treatment right there in the office with me working the points, or I can show the client the points to work on, and they can do them at home for continued self-care.”
Read below to see some of the endless benefits you can expect from reflexology.
I love the idea of complimenting a cleansing diet with reflexology detoxification. It increases circulatory and lymphatic movement, improves bladder function and reduces urinary tract issues. Overall this helps the body become a more efficient system of eliminating toxins and also speeds up the exit of unwanted substances from the body from the appropriate organs.
It’s truly amazing how getting the body into balance can immediately free up energy and help you to naturally become a calorie burning machine! Clients often report that they feel an immediate boost of energy after a reflexology session so it can be a great way for an immediate pick-me-up.
Reflexology encourages a release of the natural feel-good hormones such as serotonin, dopamine, as well as endorphins – all of which have been well-documented by science to reduce our body’s stress response. It can help us feel more equipped to handle everyday life situations, including depression.
The method of pain therapy in regards to reflexology stems mainly from its ability to help you relax, breaking the cycle of pain and stress that feed into each other. However, what’s even more compelling is recent research demonstrating reflexology’s ability to be as effective as common painkillers for certain conditions.
Relieves Sleep Disorders
We’ve already discussed the beneficial impact reflexology has on its ability to help you clear away stress, relax and therefore be able to get more restful sleep. An important factor is being aware that the pineal gland produces the hormone melatonin, and because this hormone affects one’s sleep patterns, maintaining a healthy balance is important for restful sleep.
It is obviously not fun to be sore for days on end or to have trouble overcoming an injury so anything to speed recovery along is a great tool to have in your arsenal. With reflexology, the combination of increased nerve activity and circulation means that cells regrow faster and wounds are able to heal faster, all improving recovery times.
When you think of your overall health, this is probably the most important benefit this type of therapy can offer you. By boosting circulation, this allows your blood and oxygen to move throughout your body more efficiently, thereby reaching vital organ systems quicker and being able to optimize their function.
Providing relief from migraines and headaches is one of the most popular historical uses of reflexology. Since stress and psychological factors often manifest into the physical symptoms of a migraine, incorporating a stress reducing therapy can provide immediate relief. If migraines are chronic, it’s not a bad idea to be proactive and schedule regular reflexology sessions.
This is probably the most obvious benefit, but do you know why it works? Reflexology opens up neural pathways and this free-flowing activity can result in a more relaxed state of mind as well as naturally reduce stress. Because the trigger points are so focused on different internal parts of the body, I prefer this method over traditional massage therapy for long-term stress reduction.
Reflexology Foot Map