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The Benefits of Reflexology

Updated: Feb 26

What is Reflexology?

Reflexology is a holistic treatment based on the reflex points located in the feet, hands, ears, and face interconnecting with specific body organs, glands, and other body parts. As the reflexes are manually activated by applying pressure to them, it triggers the parasympathetic system which releases the body of any overloaded energy allowing it to rest and repair itself to reach homeostasis.

Reflexology is considered a complementary therapy that can be a supportive lifestyle practice for any ailment, disease or illness.

What Are the Benefits of Reflexology?

Some of the benefits of reflexology are to normalize and balance the body, to improve circulation and to release stress and tension. It can also support or help with:

  • Pain reduction

  • Relaxation

  • Mood elevation

  • Stress relief

  • Reduced anxiety

  • Improved sleep

  • Improving the immune system

  • Recovery from illness

  • Improving fertility

  • Balancing hormones

  • Improving digestion

  • Reducing arthritis pain

  • Increased energy

  • Support through pregnancy and postpartum.

As the body becomes more balanced, it is more capable of naturally defending itself against illness by reconnecting with it's own self-healing abilities. Activating a healthy energetic flow works towards balancing all systems and organs so together they can perform to their full potential. Reflexology is non-invasive and safe for people of all ages.

Does Reflexology Really Work?

Studies have shown reflexology may be effective in certain situations such as:

  • Lowering heart rate and blood pressure

  • Improving labor pain during delivery, duration of labor, and anxiety in pregnancy

  • Significantly decreasing pain and moderately decreasing nausea in cancer patients

  • And more...

Foot Pressure Points and Corresponding Benefits

Who Should Not Do Reflexology?

There are some situations when reflexology may not be advised. Before trying reflexology, talk to your practitioner to ensure it's safe for you. Tell your reflexologist about any medical conditions you have, treatments you are doing, and medication you're taking.

Reflexology may not be appropriate if some conditions are present, including:

  • Problems with circulation in the feet

  • Inflammation or blood clots in the leg veins

  • Gout

  • Foot Ulcers

  • Fungal conditions of the feet (such as athlete's foot)

  • Low platelet count (you may bruise or bleed more easily)

What to Expect from a Reflexology Session

Reflexology sessions typically last 30 to 60 minutes. At the beginning of the first session, or intake, the reflexologist will:

  • Ask some general questions about your medical history (e.g., health, lifestyle)

  • Explain how reflexology works and what to expect

  • Have you sign a consent form

  • Give time and space for you to ask questions

You usually lie down or sit in a reclining chair during sessions. You will stay fully clothed, except for your feet, as your feet are usually being worked on. Reflexology sessions shouldn't hurt. They are typically relaxing and soothing, but there may be discomfort when a sensitive reflex is being worked on. Tell your reflexologist if you are feeling pain or discomfort so they can adjust their pressure or technique. It's perfectly okay to stop the session at any time.

During the session, your reflexologist will:

  • Work mostly on your feet, but sometimes your hands, ears, or a combination, depending on your needs, wants, and accessibility.

  • Wash your feet and soak them in warm water.

  • Assess your feet for open wounds, rashes, sores, warts, or bunions, and ask you about any foot or leg pain you may be experiencing.

  • Encourage you to do what feels comfortable (e.g., talk, rest, sleep), and encourage feedback as you go.

  • End the session in a calm, peaceful way.

How Does Reflexology Work?

Reflexologists use hand and foot maps that illustrate points that correspond to certain areas of the body. During a reflexology session, the practitioner will apply pressure and stimulation to these points to help improve blood and energy circulation, give a sense of relaxation, and support the body's self-regulatory system (that maintains internal stability while adjusting to the environment around you).

Are you ready to add Reflexology to your healing journey? Schedule a Free-15 Minute Consultation with our Registered Nurse, Health Coach and Reflexologist Naomi Williams today. She is more than happy to hear your story, your goals and answer any questions you may have.

A Note from Naomi:

"Reflexology can be a natural pain killer. Pain is the cry of a hungry nerve for better blood supply. It makes a nice complement to noninvasive therapies like chiropractic and is most similar to acupuncture. It can help decrease stress, lower inflammation in the body and accelerates circulation of the blood. I have stories of clients who were in pain, extreme sciatica, headaches and under intense tension who were helped by reflexology. Let's elevate your health, feel better and lower cortisol with reflexology."

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