Foot reflexology is an ancient form of massage that can be traced back to ancient China and Egypt. In Eastern philosophy, we all have “qi” (chi) or life force meridians that run through our body and intersect at certain points. These points correspond to certain areas of the body, organs and glands. In the 1930’s and 1940’s, a physiotherapist named Eunice Ingram mapped out these areas and termed it reflexology. Each foot corresponds with the same side of the body, i.e. the left foot corresponds with the left side of the body. By pressing in certain ways on each area, a corresponding “reflex” is stimulated in the affected area. The pressure sends signals to the parasympathetic nervous system that balances and clears the neural pathways and also promotes the release of endorphins to reduce pain and stress.
When we are in pain or dealing with anxiety or stress, our body goes into a fight or flight mode. If the pain or stress is chronic, then our body never gets the chance to fully relax. Think of it as pulling the attention of the immune/health systems of the body away from its main job on a constant basis. Reflexology promotes true relaxation so that the body can heal itself.
The Benefits of Reflexology Foot Massage:
- Decreased stress and anxiety
- Reduction in pain from common forms of arthritis and injuries
- Improvement in circulation
- Relief from PMS, constipation, IBS, insomnia, plantar fasciitis
- Soothing of headaches and tired feet
- Promotion of relaxation and increased overall healing
- Assistance with reduction of side effects from chemotherapy in cancer patients
Indeed, in the 1990’s the Danish Reflexology Association published research on the reduction of workplace stress through reflexology resulting in huge savings through reduced sick leave and improved morale. According to one study, published in February 1995, 50% of employees had fewer sick days.
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