Reflexology is a form of holistic treatment rooted in Chinese healing principles. It’s based on the idea that the soles of the feet (or hands), which are sometimes referred to as reflex zones, contain multitudes of nerve endings which correspond to the rest of the body. By stimulating these small areas it is believed that the body goes into a process of self-healing, helping to improve circulation, reduce stress, and restore balance.
How does reflexology work?
There are over 7000 nerve endings in the human foot, each of which is a reflex point that corresponds to a certain part of the body.
In reflexology, finger and thumb pressure is applied to reflex points in order to stimulate the associated body parts, which in turn encourages homeostasis and self-healing.
A reflexologist works from a ‘map’ of the feet, which is made up of a series of zones. Each zone is internally linked to another part of the body. So by working a particular zone, its intertwining body part is soothed.
Who’s it for?
As with many holistic treatments, reflexology can be enjoyed by a broad range of individuals. Typically, if you’re someone who spends a lot of time standing up, reflexology can provide a good release for offsetting the built-up tension associated with being on your feet all day.
Some people claim that, because reflexology can stimulate nervous function, it can help to increase energy levels and circulation, prevent migraines, and alleviate sleep disorders.
It is also believed that reflexology can help with arthritis, hypertension, and anxiety and depression.
There are, however, times when reflexology may not be the best choice of treatment. To find out more about whether it’s suitable for you, refer to this helpful article. Or, alternatively, speak with a qualified reflexologist.
It’s also worth noting that one of the main goal’s of reflexology is to induce relaxation. It’s not a therapy designed to relieve chronic pain or cure existing ailments. So bear that in mind when considering your reasons for seeking treatment.
During a typical reflexology session, the reflexologist will perform a massage routine which encompasses the entire foot. During the treatment, the therapist will employ a number of techniques designed to target all the pressure points on both feet (sometimes also incorporating the hands and ears).
By working with the full range of reflex points, the therapist can cover, over the course of a session, all the patient’s corresponding internal organs, glands, muscle groups, bones, and nerves.
Of course, the reflexologist will also try to work on any specific problems the client has. But the focus in generally on the whole foot, because the theory of reflexology is based on the idea of overall physical and emotional harmony.
How does it feel?
Generally speaking, most people find reflexology to be very relaxing. Of course, it helps if you don’t mind people touching your feet to begin with!
The nature of this type of treatment is incredibly gentle and non-intrusive, and is unlikely to cause stress and discomfort. And because the pressure applied during reflexology is gentle, it rarely turns out to be an uncomfortable experience.
Get off your feet
If you’re interested in learning more about this type of holistic treatment, why not get in touch with Jala Therapies. They’re experts at all things reflexology, and will happily answer any questions!