It has been estimated that 70%-80% of all disorders re stress related. Imagine the health benefits if we knew how to relieve the stress in our lives.
Foot reflexology is an excellent alternative health treatment that can do this. It is the practice of stimulating specific areas on the feet to elicit the body’s self-healing. All parts, glands, and organs of the body are represented as reflexes on the “anatomical body-map” on the feet. Every body part responds to a session, as there are 7000 nerve endings in the feet, all capable of relaying electrical messages to the appropriate body part/organ. ¼ of all your bones are in your feet. 2000 pores in bottom soles of feet.
Reflexology treats the cause, not the symptom. It is possible that unexpressed emotions stored in the body’s tissue could be the root of the problem. For example, if there is a lot of sadness the lungs’ reflexes should have extra attention, for anger, the liver’s reflexes are important.
Reflexology induces deep relaxation, blood vessels dilate, thereby increasing circulation and delivery of oxygen and nutrients. It also aids in the removal of toxins. A session helps muscles relax, frees nerves along the spine and relieves pain. The body can only process a certain amount of sensory input at one time. With reflexology, the client’s focus shifts to the pleasing sensation of the foot massage and pays less attention to the pain. The body closes the “gate” to pain input and has temporarily stopped processing it. Pain releases much easier when the body is relaxed. In addition reflexology stimulates the pituitary gland that releases endorphins, the body’s natural painkillers.
Therapeutic grade (medicinal) essential oils can be used with reflexology for added benefits. For example, peppermint is used for an inflammatory condition, or lavender for stress.