How Reflexology Helps Your Body
Reflexology is a healing process derived from ancient Chinese principles. It is based on the concept that your feet have all the nerve endings of the body where all the organs and systems are connected. By applying pressure on certain points of your feet: pain, illnesses, stress and anxiety can be relieved and cured.
How Does Reflexology Work?
The therapists who perform reflexology are known as reflexologists. It based on the Chinese principle that every living thing has “qi” pronounced as chee, which literally means ‘vital energy’. The qi flows in each person and is responsible for the normal blood circulation and proper working of the body organs and systems. However, stress, anxiety and sleeping disorders all diminish qi within the body causing many other illnesses and problems.
The purpose of reflexology is to apply pressure on the soles of the feet and ankles to improve blood circulation, provide relief from pain and cause a normal flow of qi in the body to keep it healthy and free from diseases. They have created a map of the whole human body and marked areas of the organs on particular areas of the feet and press on those areas for specific disease treatment. They believe that touch can cause their vital energy to flow in the other person’s body and cause a healing process.
Does It Actually Cure Diseases?
If you look at it scientifically, then it does not help to cure diseases. However, through years of research and practical examples, people have claimed that they were stress-free, less depressed and it improved life in general.
Researchers have also found out that the nerve endings majorly respond to outside factors thus the pressure building and massage may help to trigger the nerve ending/ This can lead to a calming sensation that affects the central nervous system leading to a relaxation effect in the whole body. Massage does help to improve blood circulation and the calming touch helps to relieve foot pain which naturally causes endorphins to be released in the body and the body responds by being stress-free. Overall reflexology is safe for every person, has no side effects, improves mood swings and quality of life, if not diseases.
How Does It Help The Body?
Reflexology is known to help the body in many ways, but there is no actual scientific backup for the theory. Research says that it helps to relieve pain, stress, mood swings, and other diseases but it may be due to the massage only which improves blood circulation. However, after practical examples and actual experiences and receiving treatment for 2 to 3 months, people have reported that it has helped to deal with the listed below illnesses:
- Improves mood swings
- Lessens pain
- Lessens depression and stress
- Generates an overall happy feeling
- Help cures cold and flu
- Helps with many bacterial infections
- Helps reduce back pain
- Cures migraine
- Reduces the stress caused by cancer and chemotherapy
- Clears up sinus problems
- Cures indigestion
- Improves fertility in the body
- Reduces menstrual pain and cramps
- Cures imbalance of hormones
- Improves PMS symptoms
- Improves blood circulation
- Improves the immune system
- Helps fight cancer
- Helps cure arthritis pain
- Stimulates the nervous system
- Improves urinary tract infections
- Cures sleep disorders
- Helps to speed up the recovery mechanism after an illness
Improve the mental state and promote a general feeling of well-being and a relaxed state of mind thus: improving the quality of life in general.
In general, feet bear the majority, in fact, all of the burden of the whole body. Your feet are your standing mechanism that holds your whole body along with all the organs and systems working inside. You walk, climb, jump, sit and do daily activities and chores using your feet. They go through the most wear and tear and you don’t even realize it. Hence, reflexology helps to heal and calm your feet and also gives you a feeling of relaxation through the massaging of your pressure points. This also helps to reduce tiredness and triggers your brain towards relaxation, which in turn transforms the signal to your whole body. Thus, blood circulation increases, hormones are activated, you become stress-free and relaxed and also have a good and peaceful sleep. When this happens, your body ultimately gets the energy and flow to heal other diseases and activates itself to fight. Reflexology also helps in the detoxification process where all the toxins and bad elements are excreted out from the body.
Whether science claims it or not, reflexology has improved the lives of millions of people over thousands of years and given them relief from all sorts of pains, illnesses, induced healing, and helped deal with anxiety and depression.