Reflexology and How it Can Help You

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Reflexology and How it Can Help You
By: Mercedes Aspland

Reflexology can have a significant effect on someoneís health both mentally and physically but there are still a lot of people that know little about it. This article will aim to explain what reflexology is, where it came from, the benefits that you can get from it and some of the conditions it may help.

What is Reflexology?

Reflexology is a form of healing that dates back to 2300BC and is thought to have been practised by both the Chinese and the Egyptians. The principle behind the therapy is that a person has energy flowing around it and that illnesses are caused by an imbalance in the energy flow. The therapy work by stimulating reflex points in the feet and it is believed that each of these reflex points corresponds to an organ in the body. By working to stimulate these points in the feet it is thought that any blockages or imbalances in the flow or energy are removed and the body and mind can be returned to good health.

What are the Benefits of Reflexology?

The benefits of reflexology are significant and wide reaching and like so many therapies can be split into emotional and physical aspects. We have detailed all of the benefits below and also listed some conditions that could be helped.

1. Emotional - the practise of reflexology can have a significant effect on a personís wellbeing and many people will report feeling very relaxed after a session. It is a great therapy for removing stress and tension for the body and making a person feel uplifted. This means that it can be beneficial for conditions like stress, anxiety and mild depression. The effect on a personís wellbeing can also help to improve self-esteem and confidence. Also due to the fact insomnia can often be psychological it can also help to improve a personís sleep. The therapy is also thought to help boost energy levels for the patient.

2. Physical - a reflexology session can help to rid the body of toxins and impurities. In addition long term therapy is thought to help boost the immune system and make a person more resilient to illness. There are a number of conditions that are thought to benefit from reflexology and they include high blood pressure, migraines, sinusitis, headaches, PMS, pregnancy symptoms, IBS and other digestive problems, lower back pain as well as pain in the neck and shoulders. It is also thought to be useful for arthritis pain and infertility problems. A number of these may be helped because as you help a person to relax and de-stress then their bodies work more effectively.


It is important to say that reflexology is best used in conjunction with conventional treatments and should not be thought of as a magic cure. However a number of the conditions that it can be beneficial for cannot really be helped by conventional medicine and so reflexology may be a viable option for you. If you are considering reflexology then you should be aware that there are some circumstances where it may not be advised. For that reason it is important to do full research on the topic before you begin treatment. It is also advised that you spend some time looking for a therapist that is reputable and that you are comfortable with. You may have to go for several sessions and it is important to work with someone that is right for you.

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