What is Reflexology?
Reflexology is a type of massage that involves applying different amounts of pressure to the feet, hands, and ears. It’s based on a theory that these body parts are connected to certain organs and body systems. For example, there are approximately 7,000 nerve endings in the human foot and each of them is a reflex point that corresponds to a body part. Applying pressure to these parts offers a range of health benefits.
Reflexology rests on the ancient Chinese belief in qi (pronounced “chee”), or “vital energy.” According to this belief, qi flows through each person. When a person feels stressed, their body blocks qi.
This can cause an imbalance in the body that leads to illness. Reflexology aims to keep qi flowing through the body, keeping it balanced and disease free.
In Chinese medicine, different body parts correspond with different pressure points on the body. Reflexologists use maps of these points in the feet, hands, and ears to determine where they should apply pressure. This touch sends energy flowing through a person’s body until it reaches the area in need of healing.
Health Benefits Of Reflexology
RELAXATION & SLEEP DISORDER TREATMENT
Reflexology is known to open neural pathways and flood the nervous system with neuron activity which puts the body in a more relaxed state. By delivering an abundance of relaxation in your system, reflexology can induce a state of calm throughout your body and mind. employing this phenomenon, reflexology can be used to cure sleep disorders such as Insomnia and help your body get back to its normal, healthy circadian rhythms.
REFLEXOLOGY CAN HELP RELIEVE STRESS & ANXIETY
Several studies indicate that reflexology may reduce pain and psychological symptoms, such as stress and anxiety, and enhance relaxation and sleep. Given that reflexology is also low risk, it can be a reasonable option if you're seeking relaxation and stress relief.
IMPROVEMENT OF YOUR NERVE FUNCTIONS
As bodies age, the nerve endings become less and less sensitive in the extremity parts of our body. Opening up and cleaning out neural pathways can help improve the functionality and flexibility of nerves and cells in various organs in the body. Neural passageways are essentially like muscles, it is extremely beneficial and crucial to your health to keep them active.
IMPROVEMENT IN YOUR BRAIN POWER
By stimulating your nerves and opening your neural pathways, information flows much faster and more effectively to your brain which would help your brain to handle the process of the information faster which would result in much faster cognitive and physical reactions and a boost in your memory.
INCREASED BLOOD CIRCULATION IN YOUR BODY
Effectively the most well-known benefit of reflexology is an improvement in blood circulation throughout your body, which means that blood along with oxygen gets cycled and delivered through the body more efficiently. Improvement in circulation also means more oxygen reaching the vital organ systems which optimize their functioning and further increases metabolism. The deliverance of oxygen through the body also results in faster healing and re-growth of damaged cells.
ELIMINATING YOUR BODY'S TOXINS
By improving blood circulation, Reflexology improves bladder function and that helps reduce the possibility of urinary tract issues. This results in a more efficient system of eliminating toxins and other foreign elements, thereby protecting your body from various diseases and health conditions that can often happen as a result of a compromised urinary system.
BOOSTING YOUR METABOLISM & ENERGY LEVEL
A proper reflexology session can improve the functionality of many organs in your body which would result in higher metabolism which in return helps with creating more energy in your body. If you have been feeling sluggish or need a boost in your energy, book your next reflexology session with one of BAO Foot Spa's California certified therapists now.
REDUCING YOUR HEADACHES
One of the most common applications of reflexology is to reduce the severity of migraines and headaches by relieving tension in the muscles that often result in such conditions. Since stress and psychological factors often manifest in the physical symptoms of a migraine, headaches brought by stress can also be eliminated using reflexology.
RELIEVING DISCOMFORT FROM MENSTRUATION & PREGNANCY
Reflexology can be very beneficial for women during pregnancy, especially with regard to labor lengths, women’s need for analgesics during labor as well as postpartum recovery time. Additionally, as a result of many of the health benefits mentioned above, reflexology can reduce the chances of post-partum depression, help the body heal itself, and get back to its normal metabolic activity faster.
What Reflexology Feels Like
Experiences with reflexology sessions vary from a general feeling of relaxation, to a sense of "lightness" or tingling in the body, as well as feelings of warmth, a sense of "opening," or "energy moving" from the practitioner's pressure to the specific body area or organ. There is often a physical perception of energy flowing through every organ, valve, gland, or muscle, as well as a sense of communication between each body system.
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