Reflexology is an ancient healing practice that uses pressure points in the feet and hands to promote healing in the organs and tissues of the body.
How can pressing on your feet or your hands work to heal a headache or a stomachache?
There are five theories on how reflexology works. The energy theory advocates that body parts can communicate using electromagnetic fields and the communication can be blocked based on the surroundings. Two other theories indicate that energy flow can be restored and the fourth is that the pathway which may blocked, can be opened by stimulation. The last theory proposes that reflexology can break up the lactic acid crystals that are usually deposited in the feet and allow the energy to flow efficiently.
Reflexology is a popular alternative to modern medicine because of the high level of safety and success rate. Reflexology is a natural treatment for pain and dysfunction, in comparison to taxing the body with drugs in some form. Reflexology can be an effective method in relieving the root cause of an issue, in turn, possibly alleviating comorbidities associated with the issue.
Learning reflexology to practice on yourself can be quite easy. It is a fantastic tool that you can carry with you anywhere to use at anytime.
Some of the reasons people choose to use reflexology include:
- Drug free, chemical free alternative to medicine
- Stimulates endorphins in the body to promote pain-relief
- Can alleviate localized and chronic pain
- The treatments promote relaxation and are soothing to the feet and hands
- Targets symptoms of PMS, Sinusitis, migraines, Type II Diabetes
- Promotes heart health by reducing sensitivity to baroreceptors in the body
Believe it or not, reflexology is instinctive. The next time you find yourself holding your head from a headache, rubbing tension points on your neck and shoulders after a stressful day, or pressing on the spots by your nose for sinus pressure, take note. This is the basic principle of acupressure, and the foundations of reflexology. Some easy techniques to try are on the bottom of each foot. Try “walking” your thumb up from the base of the heel to each toe (imagine your thumb is a caterpillar inching its way up your foot), then press these reflex points with the outer edge of your thumb or tip of your forefinger. You can use the above chart to reference each specific point. Below is an example of what each spot on the “map” can correlate to in the body:
- Head/brain (top of each toe) promotes clarity and positive thinking.
- Pineal gland (outer side of big toe) secretes melatonin which controls our circadian rhythm/sleep cycle.
- Thyroid (base of the big toe) balances metabolism.
- Neck/shoulders (ridge of toes) releases tension
- Chest/lungs (ball of foot) calms breathing.
- Solar plexus/diaphragm (under ball of foot in the center) encourages profound relaxation and peacefulness.
If you have other particular areas of your body that are stressed, you can press the corresponding reflex area or point. If you are interested in knowing more about reflexology or would like to try a session, contact our Certified Reflexologists to schedule an appointment.