Here on the Seagate blog, we have explored various alternative medicine topics, such as acupuncture, acupressure, naturopathy, biofeedback therapy, autogenic training, and meditation. Another therapeutic approach that is worth discussing is reflexology, which centers on an overused and under-cared-for part of the body: the feet.
Here’s a look at what reflexology is, the treatment’s potential benefits, and its overall role in the world of natural health.
The Idea Behind Reflexology
Reflexology is based on the concept that parts of the foot are linked to other parts of the body. It involves more than just a simple foot massage and focuses on the interconnectedness of the human body and pressure points that have specific purposes.
Reflexology foot charts show where to apply pressure on the foot to affect particular organs and body parts. It is a therapy used in traditional Chinese medicine and believed by practitioners to restore balance in the body and calm the central nervous system to promote relaxation.
How Reflexology Works
During a reflexology treatment, a health professional will apply pressure to parts of the foot based on where you feel pain or other symptoms. Before your appointment, you will discuss your reasons for seeking care and the type of relief you seek. There is some debate as to whether reflexology actually works or if it is simply relaxing to have your feet rubbed. However, many people report improvements in their stress levels, mood, energy levels, sleep, and pain symptoms after receiving reflexology treatments. It is also common to feel mentally re-energized and physically relaxed after a reflexology treatment because of its effects on unblocking nerve impulses and improving blood circulation.
The total appointment time is usually about one hour, which includes a health assessment and work on each foot. Treatments are tailored to individual needs, lifestyle habits, and medications you are taking.
Reasons to Try Reflexology
There are many conditions that reflexology is commonly used to treat. These conditions include immune system issues, colds, digestion, arthritis pain, back pain, and sinus issues. Reflexology is often considered to be a complementary therapy that can be used alongside other treatment options to help you live a naturally healthy lifestyle.
As a natural and holistic treatment, there are very few potential side effects associated with reflexology. However, you will still want to tell your reflexologist if you have circulatory issues, thyroid issues, epilepsy, general foot pain, or if you are pregnant. It is possible for your feet to feel tender or for you to feel slightly lightheaded after a reflexology treatment.
Have you tried reflexology as a treatment for a medical condition? We welcome you to share your experience with us in the comment section below.