Reflexology is an alternative medicine that involves the application of pressure to specific points on the feet, hands or ears. Reflexology believes that these areas are connected to different body organs and that massaging these points can improve a person’s health. Research shows that reflexology is probably one of the oldest systems of natural therapies in the world based on the scientific technique of massage. So, if you are considering trying out this this ancient healing art form, you’ve come to the right place.
When you first visit a reflexologist, he/she will ask you about your medical history, lifestyle and diet. After making a note of your medical history, they will then assess which part of your body will respond better. For example, if they think that the pressure points in your feet are best to soothe your ailment, then they will focus on that area. The practitioner will apply gentle, but firm pressure to your feet, or hands or ears, using their thumb and forefinger.
Each reflexology session lasts anywhere between 30 to 60 minutes.
How does this work?
As mentioned earlier, reflexology uses the fingers to massage reflex points, which will stimulate the flow of energy to that corresponding body part. This helps to stimulate the body’s ability to heal itself. All reflex points are minute and therefore, care must be taken to ensure that the treatment is comprehensive.
Reflexology believes that imbalances in the body manifest themselves through crystals, which could vary in size. And that massaging away these crystals could unblock energy channels. It often takes several treatments for a person to notice a difference in their health and well-being.
What can it treat?
Studies show that reflexology can be used to treat stress, pain, digestive problems and strengthen the immune system and boost circulation. However, one should note that reflexologists are not allowed to diagnose a medical condition or prescribe medication.
After a session, it is recommended that one should drink a lot of water to remain hydrated.
REVOFIT TAKE: While reflexology is an ancient healing art form, it cannot be used to treat life threatening diseases like cancer and diabetes. It can however be used in conjunction with modern medicine to help alleviate a patient’s suffering. Some studies show that it is an effective tool for reducing stress and boosting immunity.