Origin: Ancient Egypt (2330 B.C) Greece (AD200) China, Japan, India and Russia
Neurologically speaking the nerve endings of the various organs and glands were mapped by a neurologist in the early 1900’s. The practice of Reflexology was adopted by Eunice Ingham, a physiotherapist in her treatment of patients in the 1930’s
Reflexology works by massaging and simulating the peripheral nerve-endings of the feet. Each foot has approximately 7000 nerve-endings.
This therapy simulates the nerves of all the systems of the body helping to break down the acidic deposits which form over time in the nerve-endings thus improving one’s health and aiding the nervous system by improving the function of the nerves stimulating them to expand and contract as they should. Reflexology improves the functions of all the organs of the body, improving circulation and ridding the body of accumulated toxins.
In most cases, the treatment is more effective when the elements of sports massage are combined to help free up the muscles and clear out triggers in the tissues, which further hamper both circulation and nerve functions associated with both the body and the actual feet.
In general terms, the benefits of reflexology have to do with the reduction of stress. Because the feet and hands help set the tension level for the rest of the body, they are an easy way to interrupt the stress signal and reset homeostasis, the body’s equilibrium. In other words, positive sensory input.
The Benefits of Reflexology
For most people, the benefits of reflexology start showing immediately. However, few experience tiredness, weakness, a need to urinate (a healing crisis) and such symptoms; these vanish in the next session of reflexology massage and thereafter one can reap the benefits.
Reduce the Stress – When stressed, our body become more susceptible to illness and disease (as per American Medical Association, 85 per cent of illnesses are stress-related). Reflexology reduces stress, helping the body regain balance and allowing self-healing. Once the reflexology massage starts, the relaxation begins, which is confirmed by EEG brain activity.
Improved blood Circulation – Blood needs to flow freely to the entire body to carry oxygen and nutrients to the cells and remove the metabolic wastes and other toxins. Many studies show that reflexology increases blood flow to the feet, brain, kidneys, and intestines; reflexology relaxes the overall body, including cardiovascular system, and thus it pumps blood naturally and easily.
Stimulates Nerve Function – Reflexology stimulates over 13,000 nerves in the feet and encourages the opening and clearing of neural pathways. Reflexology interrupts pain pathways and reduces pain.
Improved Immune power – Reflexology induces the lymphatic system thus reduced risk for infection. Reflexology removes toxins and induces the production of endorphins, leading to increase in immune power and sense of well-being.
Increase in Energy level – Reflexology revitalises energy throughout the body by stimulating and relaxing energy pathways.
Helps postoperative recovery – Reflexology aids recovery after surgery by reducing pain and helps to reduce the use of pain medications.
Conditions treated with Reflexology
This type of massage therapy treats and improves a wide range of both acute and chronic conditions. Reflexology has shown to be effective and assist self-healing in conditions such as:
Allergies Gynaecological problems
Insomnia Knee pain
Muscle tension Arthritis
Neck strain Stress disorders
PMS/Hormonal imbalance Asthma
Respiratory disorders Back pain
Sinusitis Blood Pressure abnormalities
Thyroid problems Constipation
Bowel disorders Eczema