8 Benefits of Reflexology

8 benefits of reflexology

What is Reflexology?

The Association of Reflexologists say that Reflexology is:

“A non-intrusive complementary health therapy, based on the theory that different points on the feet, lower leg, hands, face or ears correspond with different areas of the body. Reflexologists work holistically with their clients and aim to work alongside allopathic healthcare to promote better health for their clients.”

What does it involve?

Upon your initial appointment, your reflexologist should ask you about your:

  • Lifestyle
  • Health issues
  • Medical History

They will then begin to “read” your feet by using alternative pressure with their hands. Through this they can figure out which one or more of your body parts are not functioning properly.

This map shows how the different reflexology points on your feet correspond to the different parts of your body.

How does Reflexology work?

Reflexology doesn’t heal your body, it creates condi@ons for the body to heal itself.

Modern life means a lot of us are on our feet daily for long periods of time. Long commutes where standing is the only option. Standing in line in stores. Standing on platforms. Not to mention walking. Whilst
walking is good for your health, in general, it still puts stress on your feet.

That is a lot of stress that we put on our feet on a daily basis. Reflexology can be a great way of relieving this stress.

There are many benefits of reflexology including:

Reduces Stress & Anxiety

We work longer hours, this takes its toll on our bodies, mainly in the form of stress.

Reflexology can be an effective method to reduce stress. This is done by a reflexologist using alternative pressure with their hands. This can increase serotonin levels. The “happy” hormone – that makes you feel happier and more relaxed.

The effects of being less stressed include:

  • Easier nutrient absorption – your body will benefit more from the food you digest
  • Better metabolism – your body will be able to burn fat quicker
  • Better sleeping patterns – ever tried sleeping while stressed? It’s not easy!

Anything that causes a reduction in stress can also help to prevent or treat anxiety disorder. If you’re dealing with that or know someone who is, it’s another reason to consider reflexology as a treatment option alongside conventional medicine.

Boost Blood Circulation

reflexology can help improve blood circulation

This is one of the most important functions in the human body. Blood circulation transports good stuff (e.g. oxygen and nutrients) around the body and the bad stuff (e.g.toxins) out.

Reflexology can improve your circulation. This means oxygen and nutrients will move around your body quicker.

Resulting in a healthier and more physically efficient version of you. You’ll be more likely to be physically fitter because oxygen can get to your muscles quicker, for example.

Boosts Brain Function

reflexology can help boost brain function

Reflexology opens your neural pathways. Think of them as a motorway between your mind and the rest of your body. (Use your brain to imagine what your brain is like)

This leads to better brain function, so you’ll be able to concentrate better for longer periods of time. You know, that end of month report? That 3pm meeting on a Friday?

It all becomes a little bit easier when your brain is functioning at full capacity.

Reduces Toxins

reflexology helps reduce your toxin levels

Reflexology can improve bladder function.

Which helps to reduce the risk of urinary tract infections and other illnesses caused by toxins.

Regular reflexology sessions can protect you against diseases caused by a UTI.

A foot massage/foot therapy can help you avoid a painful trip to the doctors.

Improves Your Immune System

Have a stronger immune system with the help of reflexology

Reflexology also has preventative health benefits. Aligning the body’s systems, reducing toxins and improving circulation all contributes to an improved immune system.

This means your body has a stronger defence against infections and diseases. Also, wounds and bruises will heal faster and with better visual results.

So you’ll have more energy and time to do the things you love and spend less time in a hospital or unable to leave your bed.

Reduces Headaches

The most popular application of reflexology is for pain reduction, particularly headaches. Headaches and migraines are often the physical manifestation of stress (which is psychological).

Reflexology reduces headaches by:

  • Helping to reduce stress
  • Relieving tension in the muscles that cause migraines
  • Better sleeping patterns – ever tried sleeping while stressed? It’s not easy!

You may find it hard to believe, but a reflexologist feeling your feet can help make your head feel better!

A (Slightly) Easier Pregnancy for You

Giving birth is hard work. During pregnancy, your body is under more pressure as it’s working for two people.

So it’s more important to have your body in peak condition when you’re carrying your child.

This is lovely as it can lead to you and your baby being healthier before, during and after birth.

Your Children Can Have it Too

Your baby will also be healthier with regular reflexology treatments

Yes, reflexology is also suitable for children as young as 6 weeks old, post their 6 week GP check-up. The techniques are adapted to suit a baby’s smaller and more delicate body.

Parents can carry out the sessions themselves after they’ve attended a baby specific reflexology workshop. This can also improve the bond between a parent and their child.

Because the baby’s muscles and tendons are yet to fully develop, they are more receptive to reflexology techniques than adults.

Reflexology can help babies with:

  • Teething
  • Constipation
  • Colic
  • Ear, nose and throat problems
  • Digestion
  • Trapped Wind
  • Sleeping

This way, you’ll have a happier and healthier baby who will spend more time playing and having fun, and less time feeling unwell and being sad.

Put Your Feet Up

Reflexology treatment is a sound health practice that unties your and/or your child’s body to work in harmony.

It balances all the systems in the body. There are so many benefits of reflexology.

Book your treatment now and you can experience them too!