Reflexology is a complimentary therapy, a science that deals with the principle that there are reflex areas in the feet and hands which correspond to all of the organs, glands and parts of the body. Stimulating these reflexes properly may help many health problems in a natural way, a type of preventative maintenance, restoring and maintain health and well-being.
The idea behind Reflexology is not new. In fact, it was practised as early as 2330 B.C. by the Egyptians. Reflexology as we know it today was first researched and developed by Eunice Ingham, the pioneer of this field. There are many different styles and approaches used in reflexology, with foot reflexology currently the most popular and proven form, however the basic principle is constant.
The Ingham Method of reflexology is used primarily for relaxing tension. Doctors agree that over 75% of our health problems can be linked to nervous stress and tension. Reflexology relaxes stress and tension, improves nerve and blood supply, and helps nature to normalise allowing your body to achieve homeostasis. The relfex points respond to pressure, stimulating the body’s own natural healing process and promoting a sense of well-being.
Here are some of the overall benefits of Reflexology which contribute to your well-being:
- It can lower levels of stress and increased relaxation, by stimulating the endocrine and nervous system
- It can assist the body in cleansing toxins and impurities (a major cause of disease)
- It can help improve circulation, by promoting blood flow
- It can create physiological, chemical and emotional changes throughout the body. During and after a reflexology treatment, the body can begin to decongest and clear blockages, re-establish energy flows and help to re-balance itself
- It can boost physical and mental energy
- It can improve nerve and blood supply to the muscles; relaxes muscles spasms and tensions; promotes good muscle tone through nerve stimulation.
- It can improve mental health by stimulating the nervous and lymphatic systems, encouraging a release of feel-good hormones and endorphins, which are known for relieving stress.
- It can support your wellbeing during pregnancy – Reflexology is one of the most popular complementary therapies used during maternity because it improves general well-being, energy and promotes balance. Women who receive reflexology during their pregnancy can experience shorter labour times and less need for painkillers. Reflexology can also have a positive impact on postpartum depression, anxiety and hormone levels.
- It can offer a safe, gentle (and enjoyable) natural therapy for calming babies, boosting their immune system and supporting the growing body. It can promote well-being as well as bringing relief from a range of childhood ailments such as colic and constipation. This inevitably contributes to the well-being of the mum – a happy baby makes for a happy mummy!
- Reflexology may help to reduce the symptoms of acute or chronic physical or emotional health conditions you are suffering from, thereby restoring a sense of well-being. Reflexology has been known to help with conditions such as IBS, Insomnia, Asthma, Headaches, Diabetes, Menstrual problems, Migraines, Back pain, Neck and Shoulder pain, Sports/General injuries, Poor lymphatic circulation, Stress related conditions , Digestive disorders , Rheumatoid arthritis, Musculoskeletal pain, Insomnia, Constipation, Sinusitis, M.S, Sinus Congestion, Fatigue, Fibromyalgia, Bladder/Kidney stones, Hormonal Imbalances , Respiratory Disorders, Emotional disorders, Pain Relief etc. –
Reflexology is suitable for all ages, and can bring about a sense of well-being for people who are either suffering from a medical or health condition, or for people who are looking to prevent illness and maintain their well-being. For more information on how Reflexology can promote well-being, please email [email protected] or have a look at www.kenkoh.co.uk