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  • Writer's pictureFrederique Peeters

Five Minute Guide to Reflexology

Updated: Jun 6


In this five minute guide to Reflexology you will learn what Reflexology is, its history, applications and benefits.

Reflexology is an ancient complementary therapy that involves applying pressure to specific points on the feet, hands, or ears. These points are believed to correspond to different organs and systems in the body. By applying pressure to these points, reflexologists can help to improve circulation, reduce stress, and relieve pain.

Reflexology has been practiced for centuries in China, Egypt, and India. It is believed to have originated in China over 5,000 years ago. In the early 20th century, Eunice Ingham, a nurse from Chicago, developed a map of the reflex points on the feet. She is credited with bringing reflexology to the West.

The theory behind Reflexology is that there are reflex points on the feet, hands, and ears that correspond to all the organs and systems in the body. When these points are stimulated, it is believed that they send messages to the brain, which then signals the body to release endorphins. Endorphins are natural pain relievers and mood elevators. They also have anti-inflammatory effects.

A Reflexology session typically lasts for 60 minutes. The Reflexologist will apply firm, steady pressure to the reflex points with their fingers or thumbs. The pressure is applied in a circular motion for several seconds at each point. The Reflexologist may also use massage techniques, such as kneading and stretching, to help release tension and improve circulation.

Reflexology is thought to be beneficial for a variety of ailments, including:

  • Stress

  • Anxiety

  • Pain

  • Headaches

  • Insomnia

  • Digestive problems

  • Menstrual cramps

  • Fertility problems

  • High blood pressure

  • Asthma

  • Sinusitis

In addition to relieving pain and stress, Reflexology can also offer a number of other benefits, including:

  • Improved circulation

  • Reduced inflammation

  • Boosted immune system

  • Improved sleep

  • Increased energy levels

  • Enhanced relaxation and well-being

Reflexology is generally considered to be safe and has few side effects. However, it is important to avoid Reflexology if you have any open wounds or infections on your feet.

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