Reflexology 101 – Positive Health Benefits
In modern day society, many people choose to undergo whatever their doctors tell them will be the best for their health. Alternatively, however, there are many different forms of therapy that can offer results but are less widely known than types of Western medicine. In this article we help you learn more about Reflexology so that you can find out whether or not this special type of alternative therapy can be useful in helping you get over the problems that you are having with your health.
First, we’ll go over some of the basics to give you a better idea of what Reflexology is. It is sometimes referred to as zone therapy, and more often than not, it is used as a type of complementary therapy to conventional medical treatments. It is very different from other forms of therapy, as it focuses upon the manipulation of the nerves that are found in the feet, hands and ears in order to help other parts of the body. The Reflexologist generally uses their thumbs and fingers to manipulate specific ‘zones’ located on the feet, hands and ears in order to address a specific problem. Different zones of the feet, hands, and ears are know to correspond to helping specific different parts of the body, and many Reflexologists keep charts that help to illustrate exactly which parts of the feet that they should focus on in order to treat a specific problem.
There are numerous positive health effects that individuals report after they receive Reflexology treatment. Amongst the many benefits include a decreased level of stress, as well as a higher level of energy, increased circulation, and a boosted immune system. Research has been carried out that proves that Reflexology can also be helpful when it comes to eliminating or lessening the symptoms of PMS, as well as helping to assist with lessening the pain that headaches can cause. Those who suffer from cancer pain and victims of multiple sclerosis also find relief from receiving treatment from a Reflexologist.
There is no real scientific consensus on why Reflexology is so helpful in benefiting the health of different parts of the body. Some contend that the practice works by helping to correct energy levels throughout the body. Others believe that the manipulation of the nerves in the feet helps to break up stress patterns that may be present in other parts of the body since there are around seven thousands nerves in the feet alone. Still others claim that Reflexology techniques help the body to release neurotransmitters in order to help the individual feel better. Although there are many hypotheses, science is still working at being able to accurately explain how Reflexology works.
Remember that Reflexology is often used as a complementary therapy, meaning that you should not cast aside Western medicine, and instead use Reflexology as a additional treatment to the care that you are already receiving.
Universal College of Reflexology, Lauren Slade 2011