What is reflexology?
Reflexology is an ancient holistic therapy based on stimulating reflex points on the feet. This type of therapy was practiced by the Egyptians and the Chinese, 2 300 years before Christ.
Each reflex point on the foot stimulates some specific organs. With foot massage you can stimulate even 7 000 nerves and 26 bones, which helps to release blockages and achieve energy balance in the body. All this returns the body’s natural balance.
Reflexology is great for the body, mind and spirit, especially at this time when the stress level is extremely high. If you control the stress – your body will function perfectly. Otherwise you will increase the risk of various diseases.
Therapeutic effect of reflexology will make you relaxed, calm and revitalized. Will give you a general sense of well-being and encourage the release of toxins and impurities from the body. It will also improve circulation in the body and relieve tension caused by poor blood circulation.
If you decide for reflexology treatment, the number of treatments will depend on your age and your overall health. Certain conditions and diseases require more treatment, so do not expect a significant improvement after the first treatment. On average, it takes six treatments to notice significant changes.
One treatment lasts about 60 minutes. Reflexology treatment begins with gentle cleansing on the foot, then applying a cream or oil on your feet and ankles, and then begins the massage. Treatment should be relaxing, not unpleasant or painful, even on the most sensitive feet.
After each treatment, drink a large amount of water to help the body to get rid of toxins and reduce the risk of side effects such as mild headache and fatigue.
Some people may notice some changes after the treatment such as changes in mood and changes in the process of digestion system.
How can reflexology help?
This holistic therapy act preventively, but it can alleviate and cure various conditions such as:
- high blood pressure
- migraine headaches and chronic sinusitis
- PMS, hormonal imbalance and symptoms of pregnancy
- disorders of the digestive system
- pain of the lower part of the back, shoulders and neck
- stress and tension
- symptoms of arthritis
Reflexology is not a magic cure and must never be a substitute to medical therapy. However, encouraging balance in the body can improve health. Reflexology can be practiced with other types of complementary therapies such as Reiki, acupuncture and massage.
Reflexology is very relaxing and is suitable for all people, regardless of age and s3x. Helps in facilitating the diseases and conditions, and healthy people can strengthen their immunity. Reflexology can be good for people who are experiencing emotional and physical changes in their lives.
However if you have any of these conditions, reflexology treatments are not recommended:
- infectious diseases
- deep vein thrombosis
- blood or bone cancer
Reflexology in pregnancy
Pregnancy is a wonderful time filled with happiness and excitement. However, it can be stressful because body goes through a variety of physical and emotional changes. Reflexology can be very good for pregnant women. Regardless of whether you are pregnant or not, reflexology can help you with stress, disorders of the digestive system and problems with circulation.
Here are some of the most important reflexology benefits for pregnant women:
- stimulates digestion
- eases nausea
- remove headaches
- improves the quality of sleep
- increases energy levels
- eases pain in the hip and joints
- relieves the pain in back
- prevents the accumulation of water in the hocks, feet and legs
- Reflexology is generally safe during pregnancy. However, there are conditions that require advice with a physician before treatment:
- history of high blood pressure
- deep vein thrombosis
- urinary tract infection
- Avoid reflexology if you have any of these conditions:
- placenta previa
- too much amniotic fluid after 32 weeks of pregnancy
- if you have had an abortion
- if you have a serious infection
- or if you have vaginal bleeding.