Reflexology is a type of massage that uses pressure application techniques on the feet, hands, and ears, to bring a particular effect in the body. It has come a long way, and it has been made better by technology. The extremities of our body parts such as the feet and hands are connected to other body organs by the nervous system. Thus pressure applied on a particular point on them has a direct effect on a certain organ in the body.
How reflexology massage works
As mentioned above, pressure application on the feet, hands or ears has a direct effect on certain organs in the body. Once pressure is applied to the nerves, a calming message is sent to the CNS(central nervous system) which then signals the body reduce tension levels. The effect is increased blood supply and improved optimal functioning of the internal organs. The increase in blood supply means that the body is getting enough nutrients and that waste is expelled from the body as required. Reflexology divides the body into zones. Such that an organ lying in a particular zone can be reached through a point in the feet, hands or ears. In general, reflexology works to bring a positive effect on the area that it is applied on.
Benefits of reflexology massage
Research proves that reflexology relieves symptoms of fibromyalgia, a condition characterized by pain and fatigue in the body. Reports indicate that people with this condition had their sleep improved and pain minimized after reflexology was applied on them.
Doctors and nurses have used this technique to reduce post-operative pain on patients who have been operated on.
One of the effects of chemotherapy is nausea. Cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy are not able to keep anything down due to vomiting. Reflexology has been used on some of these patients. The effect is reduced nausea and improved general eating.
It is used to stimulate labor in pregnant women who are due. Women who have used reflexology in labor, have reported that the massage eases the pain of childbirth.
Other benefits include treating; colic, headaches, circulatory problems, digestive problems, stress, respiratory problems and sports injuries.
Who might have reflexology massage
Reflexology is used on people of all ages including babies. As long as you do not have open wounds and foot injuries, it is safe for you to use reflexology. The massage is also avoided by pregnant women because it may induce contractions at the wrong time. People with thrombosis should not undergo reflexology. As the massage stimulates circulation of blood, the clot causing thrombosis may be pushed to the heart or brain, and the result could be fatal.
So if you are somebody who is looking to get into massage and are looking at some different massage courses, then why not consider reflexology?