The body is a wonderfully connected thing, and many medical and therapeutic practices forget this little fact. It’s not enough to focus on the one part that aches or the other that is having problems; you have to see the whole body when achieving a solution for one part. For instance, it’s been shown that through manipulating and applying pressure to one small section of the body, another part of the body can begin to feel better.
This careful use of pressure is known as reflexology. It’s a natural, noninvasive therapy that promotes both the alleviation of certain problems in parts of the body while also improving the overall feeling of well-being.
What Is Reflexology?
Reflexology, as the names suggests, is the application of pressure on parts known as the reflexes. These reflexes correspond to different areas in the body, and they are mapped out so that the body is divided into “zones” (which is why you might also hear it called “zone therapy”). These zones reach out to not just other muscles, but to glands and organs, too, and the connections between them all can be blocked following injury or stress.
Reflexologists use pressure on specific parts of the feet, hands, and other zones to create positive feelings in other parts of the body. This way, patients can find relief from suffering in one part of the body without having it touched or opened in any way. It’s totally natural and noninvasive, without the need for any special lotions, pain relievers, or surgeries.
What Can Reflexology Do For Me?
The most immediate effects of reflexology are the ones it has on your whole system: the pressure can relieve stress, uncoil tension in your body, and reduce anxiety. This overall feeling of wellbeing can be attributed to the increase in circulation the pressure can induce. As well, by relieving tension in one part of the body, the rest of the body can be released from the attenuating tension. Consider how your whole body tenses when you have something like a toothache, and how the relief from that toothache just relaxes you.
But reflexology is more than just a type of massage, and they aren’t just applying pressure all over the place. Reflexologists are trained to manipulation the right zones for specific ailments. Their expertise helps them alleviate musculoskeletal pain and digestive issues, solve sleep disorders like insomnia, and help the patient find relief from energy blockages and imbalances.
Whether you’re feeling stressed, anxious, tired, or in pain, a trained reflexologist can help with many different ailments. They know the map of our bodies and how each part is connected. One 40 – 60 minute session can have you feeling like yourself in no time!