Reflexology works on the principle that the entire body is mapped out on both feet. By using the thumb and fingers to apply gentle pressure on reflex points and reflex areas, the entire body can be stimulated to encourage the body’s natural healing abilities. The principle is that the body is divided into 10 energy zones, five on each foot. Energy is constantly flowing through these zones. Each organ and gland in the body is interconnected and therefore as the whole foot is worked the entire body’s energy is encouraged to flow freely dissolving blockages and releasing toxins.
Reflexology can benefit you in the following ways:
Reduce stress and induce relaxation.
Aids operative recovery.
Balances the mind, body and spirit.
Relieves muscular aches and pains.
Increases joint mobility.
Boosts the immune system.
Promotes self healing.
Improves and aids the digestive system.
Promotes better sleep pattern.
Reflexology is suitable for all ages and may bring relief from a wide range of acute and chronic conditions. It can be used as a way of relaxing the mind and body counteracting stress and can be very beneficial during pregnancy. Other conditions reflexology is effective for include:
Reflexology and Pregnancy
Nearly everyone can benefit from having reflexology during pregnancy. It is very successful in the treatment of a wide variety of pregnancy discomforts and conditions. It has been shown that women who have regular reflexology treatments during pregnancy have far shorter labours than those who don’t.
Reflexology during pregnancy can have many benefits, such as, relief from morning sickness, fluid retention, swelling, indigestion, haemorrhoids and constipation. Reflexology during pregnancy prepares the body for labour by balancing all the body systems, especially the endocrine system which governs the labour process. using reflexology can also reduce the need for epidurals.
After birth, Reflexology babies are very calm, breast feed better, and are less prone to colic. Reflexology has also been shown to maintain or increase milk supply as well as helping with postnatal depression and general relaxation.