What is Foot reflexology ?
Foot reflexology is an ancient therapy which involves application of pressure on the reflex zones on the sole of the foot to stimulate the central nervous system in order to trigger relaxation responses throughout the body. This enables various organ systems in the body to function as well as they can. Reflexology enhances well-being, promotes relaxation, relieves pain and leads to holistic health. Several studies have established that stress is a significant contributor in over eighty percent of diseases. High levels of stress compromises the immune system of the body which is instrumental in protecting you against illness. This makes you more vulnerable to infections and all kinds of diseases. Reflexology uses pressure applied on reflex areas as a therapeutic method to help you manage stress effectively. Reflexology is especially beneficial to diabetics, insomniacs and those suffering from high blood pressure, chronic pain and arthritis.
In our Leg there are nearly 200000 Micro points, and 72000 veins are reflected in our leg which pass throughout the body more than 80 points are related to our organs are located in both legs
History of Foot Reflexology
Reflexology, also known as zone therapy or acupressure, dates back to ancient China and Egypt, and is documented in ancient medical texts as far back as 4000 B.C. Similar to acupuncture’s potential benefits and methodology, reflexology uses pressure rather than needles to activate points and organs throughout the body to relieve pain, stimulate circulation, and bring balance to the bodily systems.
Though one of the oldest healing practices, reflexology wasn’t adopted in the Western regions of the world until at least the 1500’s, and again later in the 20th century when it was westernized and perhaps simplified in practice in Russia and Europe.
Despite its age and longevity, reflexology’s long list of potential benefits are not well documented or well researched. Much like acupuncture, reflexology is not based on pure scientific fact, but rather a millennia of trial and error, patterns and an elaborate mapping of the energies of the body. Though it is still a somewhat controversial practice that has been deemed “alternative”, its reported benefits range from stress relief and relaxation to increased blood circulation.
Generalities aside, just because we cannot prove a response does not necessarily negate the wide ranging potential benefits that reflexology may provide. Reflexology is said to stimulate individual organs and bodily symptoms, remove blockages, and reverse disease.
In line with a traditional holistic mentality, if we view disease as an imbalance or blockage in the body versus a diagnosis, this means once we remove this blockage and allow the energy to flow freely the symptoms will subside and heath will be restored.
Benifits of Foot Reflexology
- Lower Stress
- Reduces Fatigue
- Soothes Tired Feet
- Diabetes Control
- Higher Energy Level
- Decreases Anxiety
- Relieves all Aches / Pains
- Improves Metabolism
- Improves Concentration
- Better Sleep Quality
- Improves Blood Circulation
- Relaxes Body & Mind
- Strengthens Immune System
- Complete physical and mental well-being
- Reduces Irritable bowel syndrome
- Relieves Leg Stiffness / Numbness
- Controls Blood Pressure / Blood Sugar
- Detoxifies and optimizes the functioning of organs
- Compliments Cancer Care
- Aids Post-Surgical Recovery
- Effective for Arthritis / Migraine / Back Pain / PMS & depression
Methods of Foot reflexology
This is probably the most common type of foot massage, where the expert massages with soft, lengthening, light and rhythmic strokes. Sometimes tapping strokes are also used on the upper muscle layers that aim to relieve muscle tension. This kind of foot massage is known to be extremely refreshing, energizing and relaxing. Often patients with joint injury are recommended to go for Swedish foot massage. Some of the most common strokes used in this type of massage are Petrissage, Effleurage, Tapotement and Friction.
As the name suggests, this type of foot massage is mainly based on reflex actions of the feet. Reflexology is particularly advised for the patients suffering from ankle injuries, toe pain, arthritis, and plantar fasciitis. The massage techniques are especially applied to the calf, foot, and the upper leg region. Although the massage is done on the foot, you can actually feel the rejuvenation throughout the body. It is recommended that one should take at least 30 minutes rest after a session of reflexology massage.
This involves slower and more forceful strokes that target the deeper muscle layers and connective tissue. This method is ideal for people who suffer muscle damage due to chronic injuries and stiff, painful joints.
Another form of therapeutic foot massage, deep tissue massage also aids in overcoming many painful limb diseases. This kind of massage involves focussing on the stiff and painful joints and spots of the leg and the therapist efficiently provides slow but firm pressure strokes on the muscle layers, tendons, joints and the tissues that lie deep within the legs. This is an extremely soothing form of foot therapy that is comparatively less rhythmic, but helps in the healing of the chronic muscle and tissue injuries.
Mostly preferred by athletes, this type of foot massage involves different strokes and massages before and after they take part in hardcore sports events. This method is similar to Swedish massage, but this is ideal for people who take part in sports activities and helps prevent injuries by increasing flexibility. It is useful in treating muscle strains and injuries as well.
Best for athletes, this type of foot massage can also be done by other people who face trouble while walking, jogging or daily activities. Sports foot massage originated in the realm of sports and fitness regime; where therapists provide different strokes and massages before, after and also during any hard core sports events. These strokes enable to bring upon greater flexibility and also helps to prevent various kinds of injuries. It has also been proved to be beneficial in treating muscle strains, sports injury, and ankle stiffness.
For those suffering from chronic pain in joints or limbs, this therapeutic massage can serve as the best natural remedy. This method involves manipulating the soft tissues of the pain zone, thereby treating the underlying causes of pain. It stimulates both the nervous system as well as the muscular system and enhances blood circulation in the trigger points.
In this type of foot massage, the therapist skillfully manipulates the soft tissues of the pain zone is and effectively treats the underlying causes of the pain occurring. Both the nervous system and muscular system are triggered by this form of foot massage and it also enhances blood circulation in the trigger points.
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