Reflexology is one of the most popular complementary and alternative medical therapies in the world today. It combines ancient Chinese pressure point therapy with Western anatomy and psychology to address issues ranging from physical pain to stress, anxiety, and emotional trauma.
Whether you’re suffering from foot pain or are simply looking to escape the stresses of your everyday life, reflexology can help you find harmony and balance. Here’s everything you need to know about this effective alternative medicine therapy.
What is reflexology?
Reflexology is an alternative medicine involving the application of pressure to the feet, hands, or ears with specific thumb, finger, and hand techniques without using oil or lotion. It is based on a pseudoscientific belief that energy flows from these parts of the body to other parts of the body via reflex zones on the feet, hands, and head.
Proponents claim that it:
- balances muscles and stimulates blood circulation
- relieves tension
- treats pain in any part of the body
- improves general well-being
- helps with headaches and migraines
- alleviates chronic pain such as plantar fasciitis or sciatica
- clears sinuses (by stimulating nasal passages)
- improves respiration (by stimulating lungs)
- aids digestive problems (by stimulating stomach lining)
There are no restrictions on who can practice reflexology as long as they are trained properly by an accredited school.
Is there any science behind reflexology?
There is a growing body of scientific evidence that supports the health benefits of reflexology. A recent study found that reflexology can help reduce pain and improve circulation in people with arthritis. Another study found that it can be helpful for managing stress and anxiety. And a review of studies found that it may also be helpful for reducing symptoms of cancer and other chronic conditions.
How often should I get reflexology?
If you’re new to reflexology, it’s best to start with one treatment per week. After a few weeks, you can increase the frequency to two or three times per week. As your body adjusts to the treatments, you may find that you need less frequent sessions. Some people find that they only need a reflexology treatment every few weeks or even monthly.
What are the different techniques?
There are a few different techniques that are used in reflexology. The most common is called zone therapy, which is based on the belief that there are zones in the body that correspond to different organs and systems. Pressure is applied to specific points in these zones to promote healing and balance.
Another technique, the Ingham method, focuses on the lymphatic system. This is done by using circular strokes with the thumb and fingers. It is believed that this helps move toxins out of the body and improve circulation.
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