Reflexology, a.k.a., foot or hand massage, is defined as “a system of massage used to relieve tension and treat illness, based on the theory that there are reflex points on the feet, hands, and head linked to every part of the body”, and ” a therapeutic method of relieving pain by stimulating predefined pressure points on the feet and hands.” Reflexology can also be described as a type of chiropractic or non-invasive acupuncture treatment. Like a person who has had a chiropractic treatment, immediate ache and pain relief is often experienced by a person who has a reflexology treatment. This pain relief focuses on specific nerves in the feet that send signals of relief to specific other parts of the body. Reflexology can also be likened to meditation as Reflexology promotes calmness, relaxation and stress relief.
Stress Relief – Transfer of Focus
A reflexology treatment is a form of stress relief. After a hard day or week at work, a reflexology treatment can help a person to transfer their focus from their work or family issues to the immediate pressure point in the foot that is being stimulated. After about a minute, a patient’s focus transfers those pressure points that are stimulated, one after another and in no time all other thoughts of stress or worry have been replaced with the sensations of bliss in a patient’s mind.
General Body Aches and Pain
The feet are a person’s connection to the earth. The reason the bottoms of one’s feet are so sensitive is because that is where the greatest number and most sensitive nerves are. The nerves on the bottom of the feet are not isolated to the feet only but are part of an integrated series of nerves that are interconnected throughout the body. Stimulating the nerves in the feet with Reflexology helps relieve pain in other parts of the body to which the nerves are connected.
With a clear, stress-free mind, and an ache-free body comes the ability to relax and fall asleep. Stimulating points in the feet can cause relief for foot pain, and to all other sources of pain throughout the body like headaches, backaches, stiff necks and other nerve-related sleep distractions. Reflexology can help you to get that good night’s sleep, resulting in improved work performance, as well as a host of other benefits.
Reflexology treatments are an important part of a person’s overall wellness program that includes eating properly, getting plenty of rest, meditation, chiropractic and other holistic activities. Call us today for an appointment.