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What is Reflexology?

Reflexology is a non-invasive, natural, relaxing and enjoyable form of pressure therapy. It involves massage and pressure being applied to the feet, hands or face and ears (but is most well known for being on the feet).

 

Reflexology Benefits

Reflexology works to balance the body. It can increase well being and relaxation, improve mood and sleep and release tension. Reflexology can support people living with conditions. Benefits also include:

  • Reducing stress
  • deep relaxation
  • stimulating the production of the natural chemicals in the brain, which can ease pain
  • improving circulation
  • cleansing toxins from the body by balancing the lymphatic and excretory systems
  • revitalised energy by unblocking energy pathways
  • preventative healthcare by stimulating the immune system to promote well-being and assist the body to fight off infection.

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Theories: How does reflexology work?

There are a number of theories of how exactly reflexology works including relaxation, effecting the nervous system, oxytocin release and effecting energy pathways. All cause balance and promote wellbeing.

RELAXATION

Health authorities have estimated that 75-85% of ill health is stress related. Many of us lead busy, fast paced lives and rarely give our bodies time to completely relax and unwind. Stress can manifest as physical and mental ill health, for example; muscle tension, poor immune system, lowered energy levels or depression. Reflexology decreases stress by creating a deep sense of relaxation.

 

NERVOUS SYSTEM

Reflexology works on the central nervous system. A neurological relationship exists between the skin and the internal organs. There is over 7,000 nerve endings in the feet!

 

RELEASE OF OXYTOCIN

Touch releases the hormone oxytocin which has numerous health benefits including aiding healing, relieving pain, lifting mood, reducing stress and reducing some anxiety.

History of Reflexology

Reflexology has both Eastern and Western origins and dates back thousands of years. It has no one founder as many cultures from all over the world have contributed to the practice including Arabia, Europe, India, China and Japan. The oldest known evidence of reflexology is Ancient Egyptian tomb drawings from 2500BC depicting feet being held and massaged.

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Today I had reflexology, very comfortable and relaxing, feet felt so soft afterwards. A well deserved treat for me feet.
— Claire Rudge | Multiple Sclerosis weekly drop in centre | Reflexology