Reflexology Promotes Feet-first Health

Practitioners of reflexology believe that good health starts at the feet

Reflexology is an alternate therapy that can ease aching feet and improve nagging physical issues

In the practice of reflexology, good health literally begins with the feet. Reflexology is an alternative healing method that involves applying pressure to key areas of the feet (as well as the hands and ears) to promote health and healing.

The basic theory behind reflexology is that there are “reflex areas” on the feet, hands and ears that correspond to specific organs, glands and other parts of the body. Applying specific kinds of pressure to these areas can elicit a positive response in the corresponding organs – dissipating energy, stimulating the lymphatic, nervous and circulatory systems, and clearing “blockages” in the related zone.

A typical reflexology session lasts between 45 and 60 minutes and can be extremely relaxing. Patients are seated in a reclining chair or asked to lie down. The practitioner then applies pressure to various points on the patient’s bare feet to identify areas of tension or tenderness.

The Benefits of Reflexology

Reflexologists employ various techniques, including holds, rotation, finger pressure and rubbing, to address this tenderness.Reflexology has been used to help treat:

  • Tension headaches
  • Digestive problems
  • Arthritis Stress
  • Insomnia
  • Menstrual pain
  • Muscle pain
  • Hormonal imbalance

Reflexology can be used as a complementary therapy but should not replace medical treatment. Before embarking on any alternative treatment, consult your doctor.

Originally published in Wellness Matters, Canada Wide Media’s quarterly newsletter on health and wellness.