Reflexology is a specialist foot massage therapy with origins tracing back to ancient China and Egypt. By Rupert French
The theory behind Reflexology is that there are reflex zones on our feet, hands and face that correspond to each of the body’s parts, organs and systems. By massaging these reflex zones, a therapist is able to stimulate the corresponding areas on the body and encourage the body’s own natural healing powers. Anyone can benefit from the positive effects of Reflexology. It is a wonderful stress reliever and brings about a deep sense of relaxation, which is sometimes all we need to restore and maintain the body’s natural state of equilibrium.
- Benefits include:
- improves circulation
- increases energy levels
- boosts immune system
- helps eliminate toxins
- overall sense of wellbeing
Conventional medicines primarily address the physical symptoms of illness, whereas Reflexology – like most other alternative therapies – is designed to identify and address the underlying cause of the illness, thereby alleviating the symptoms. Reflexology is ideal as a therapy both for pure relaxation and for the alleviation of specific conditions.
Some of the conditions that Reflexology has been shown to help include:
- Digestive disorders (eg IBS or constipation)
- Hormonal imbalances (PMS, menopause, infertility)
- Insomnia Asthma Muscular tension
- Urinary infections