The art of reflexology is an ancient therapy that has been practiced for over 5000 years and was introduced to the western world over 100 years ago. Reflexology is a gentle and non-invasive therapy that can encourage the bodies own innate healing capabilities. Whilst it does not and should not take the place of medical advice, it comfortably works alongside medical care and can be beneficial to all age ranges.
The principle behind reflexology is that different points on the feet correspond to different areas of the body. Reflexologists believe that by working specific reflexes can bring about a state balance within areas of the body where an imbalance is present. The benefits of reflexology can include -
- a release of tension
- a sense of wellbeing
- mood improvement
- improvement in sleeping patterns
If you have been under stress, ill, injured, or are suffering from a chronic condition your body will be in a state of imbalance. Reflexology can be used to help restore and maintain the body's natural equilibrium and encourage healing.
Stress can effect many systems of the body and if it becomes long term or chronic then damage may occur. This damage can effect health and wellbeing which in turn can make life harder in all areas. It is for these reasons that it's important for people to recognise the detrimental effects and take action to address their own healthcare needs. Reflexology may be one of the ways you can employ to help with this.
More and more doctors, consultants and other health care professionals are starting to recognise reflexology as a well established, respected and effective complimentary therapy.