Reflexology is a type of massage which applies pressure on different parts of the body that are connected to the internal organs. Its theory explains that applying certain amounts of pressure on the feet, hands, and ears will help in several health benefits. The people who practice reflexology are called reflexologists. There are a few different theories by reflexologists on how reflexology works.
Traditional Chinese medicine
Reflexology follows the principles of the old Chinese belief if Qi or vital energy. Qi flows through our bodies all the time, but when the body feels tensed or stressed, the path of Qi is blocked. This results in the disturbance in the flow and frequency of Qi. Due to the disturbance in the body, the inner organs face several imbalances which can cause more illness.
Difference body parts correspond with pressure points throughout the body. The reflexologists use maps of these points to determine where they should apply pressure. These pressure points help in sending the vital energy to the parts which face the blockages and health them for better energy flow.
According to a theory by the British scientists, the nerves in our body connect the skin and internal organs. In the 1890s, they discovered that our body’s entire nervous system tends to adjust external factors, including touch. The reflexologists can help calm the central nervous system by triggering some pressure on the skin. It helps in relaxing the body, just like any other form of massage.
There are also more theories of reflexology, which points towards the same benefits of applying pressure on the body.
Benefits of reflexology
Reflexology offers several minds and body benefits, many of which have been proven scientifically. It can help in reducing muscle tension and pain while improving general well-being. Most of all, it helps in reducing anxiety and stress and lifts the mood up.
Reflexologists also believe reflexology can help in boosting the immune system, fight cancer, and get over bacterial infections. It can clear up sinus issues, improve back health, and correct hormonal imbalances. Other known benefits include improving digestion, boosting fertility, and easing arthritis pain.
How safe is reflexology?
Reflexology does not have any side-effects, even for people with serious health problems. It is a massage therapy which is comfortable to receive and does not require any substance intake. However, the reflexologists recommend you to visit your doctor if you have any medical conditions. Problems like blood clots or inflammation, foot ulcers, fungal infections, circulatory problems in the feet, open wounds, thyroid problems, and epilepsy are some conditions that you will need consultation for before a reflexology session.
Even though you can still get a reflexology session with the conditions mentioned above, the doctor might recommend you a few precautions to avoid any adverse effects.