Reflexology is a type of bodywork modality in the field of massage therapy. It is an entirely natural and an effective alternative to Western Medicine and its origins go back to ancient Egypt and China. Accredited for helping with physical and psychological ailments, in many ways, reflexology is similar to the ancient Eastern art of Acupressure/Acupuncture.
Through this type of bodywork, the Chi—or the life force energy (widely recognized in Eastern cultures)—is sent directly to the malfunctioning and all surrounding areas. This expedites the body’s own natural healing processes. This works by using applied pressure in certain techniques on specific energy points along the body. These points are energy centers—the locations of maximum energy intake and/or output throughout our bodies. Thus, stimulating these energy centers is said to be very effective in aiding the healing process.
There are reflex points locations all throughout the head, face, ears, hands, feet and body. The idea is—every major area has a reflex point that can be stimulated to help illnesses in that area. The left and right hemispheres of the body correspond directly with the glands, organs and muscles located on those sides. For example, the reflex points for heart ailments would be located on the left hand and left foot while the reflex points for liver and gall bladder ailments would be located on the right hand and right foot.
A few examples of the ailments that can be helped through Reflexology bodywork are:
- Sinus problems
- Aches in the head, neck and/or body
- Digestive problems
- Poor Blood Circulation
- Menstrual cramps
- High Blood Pressure
- Acne and skin problems
Sounds pretty fabulous, right? If you’ll have several sessions of Reflexology massage you’ll certainly find it to be extremely therapeutic: it’s just an all-around great way to relax and let the stress flow out of your body. Results from this type of bodywork are often noticeable after the very first session. And since it’s all natural and has no side effects, it’s definitely worth a shot. So next time you’re going to the local spa, treat yourself to a relaxing Reflexology session and experience it for yourself!