Reflexology is an alternative treatment that seems to be very effective when used in conjunction with osteopathy, acupuncture or light therapy. A very comfortable form of massage, it involves specific “reflex points / areas” located on the feet, hands or ears. These points are compatible with every organ, gland or system in the body and are connected to these parts of the body by “zones”, “channels” or “meridians”. Energy release channels are blocked when there is an imbalance or illness in the body. Reflexology therapy techniques overcome these barriers and allow the ribs to flow freely again.
Known as holistic and therapeutic art, reflexology usually gives the best results when the practitioner works with dedication and confidence. It not only reduces muscle tension and tension but also cleanses the body of impurities and toxins that are harmful. Reflexology is used as “preventive healthcare” because it regenerates energy and brings balance to the whole system.
Research in the US as well as around the world suggests that reflexology brings positive benefits to a variety of conditions. Numerous studies by the National Cancer Institute as well as the National Institutes of Health indicate that reflexology has helped reduce pain, stress, anxiety and depression / sleep, natural remedies and increased relaxation.
The theory that reflexology specifically works with the body’s central nervous system is based on a study by Sir Charles Sherrington and Sir Henry Head in the 1890s, which showed a neurological relationship between the internal organs and the skin and the body’s nerves. The system can adjust for a stimulus. So according to this principle, the pressure applied to the hands, feet or ears will send comfortable and quiet messages from the peripheral nerves of the feet, hands and ears to different parts of the body.
“The Get Theory” and “The Neurometrics Theory” also explain why reflexology relieves pain and stress. Theories suggest that the brain produces pain that is a subjective experience in response to cognitive or emotional factors; So someone’s mood and factors like stress and tension can affect our sad experiences. Thus reflexology therapy reduces pain by improving mood and reducing stress.
The second theory states that the human body has “living energy energy” and that energy energy is a congestion or suffocation of the flow that causes illness and disorders in the body.
Reflexology helps in the flow of blood. The “zone theory” in the human body is divided into ten zonal zones that correspond directly to the toes and fingers of the head. Theory states that every muscle, organ, and gland located in a zone is accessible by reflex points on the legs or arms.
The guiding principles in the practice of reflexology are:
- Practitioners do not heal patients – the body heals and repairs.
- The practitioner is only a participant and not a healer.
- The human body responds to touch which promotes healing.
- It is possible for both the client and the practitioner to “feel” the motion of energy rays in other corresponding parts of the body from the reflex points on the legs, arms and ears.
- Reflexology cannot replace medical treatment
- Reflexology is used as an alternative treatment or complementary therapy
- Reflexology differs from foot massage
- Reflexologists state that most health problems are related to stress and tension.
In India, this is enough proof for people suffering from stress and chronic illnesses to try this type of treatment used in China, Egypt and other ancient cultures.