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We all undergo the stresses of life. This is why taking some time off to relax and reconnect with our bodies is a great thing to do. Reflexology helps us achieve just that. You’ve probably heard of the word reflexology so many times before. But do you know what it is? the happenings of a reflexology appointment? Or the benefits?
What is Reflexology?
Reflexology is the application of the right amount of pressure to specific areas or points on the feet, hands, ears or face. Therapists believe that these particular points correspond to specific body systems or organs and that applying pressure to them is beneficial to a person’s health. Reflexology is not a cure for certain conditions. However, it intensifies the natural healing process in your body by causing stimulation of nerve endings. Basically, what it does is to assist your body repair itself not just physically but mentally, spiritually and emotionally. It helps to restore your body to its natural balance that’s why you feel very relaxed after undergoing a treatment.
What Happens During a Reflexology Appointment?
So what exactly happens during a reflexology appointment? First of all, the therapist will apply a certain amount of pressure to specific points on the feet. These points have a relation to where you may be having issues. Generally, there are ten body zones and different areas on the feet directly relate to each specific zone. When pressure is applied to a particular zone, a message is sent to the central nervous system after which the system responds with a relaxation sensation that helps body organs to function at their optimum.
Benefits of Reflexology
Apart from helping your body function at its optimum by removal of stress, reflexology also has a number of benefits. One of them is helping reduce the effects of certain diseases and conditions on our bodies. For example, reflexology is great at the reduction of the effects of chemotherapy on our bodies. Cancer patients experience nausea, constipation, diarrhoea and pain after undergoing chemotherapy. If a cancer patient undergoes reflexology, these effects are minimised, enabling them to sleep better. Aside from cancer, reflexology also helps in the reduction of effects from other diseases and conditions like arthritis, hypertension and multiple sclerosis, anxiety and depression.
Anxiety and depression are conditions that can be brought about by the stresses of life. The good news is, the relaxation that is brought about by reflexology helps calm the mind and body, therefore, helping minimise these two mental problems. Reflexology also helps in the improvement of blood circulation in the body. Pregnant women also benefit from reflexology since it helps calm the mind and body, reducing the risk of having postnatal depression.