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Reflexology

The Reflexology Association of Canada defines it as "A natural healing art, based on the principle that there are reflexes (pressure points) in the feet and hands which correspond to every part of the body." By stimulating and applying pressure to the feet or hands, you are increasing circulation and promoting specific bodily and muscular functions. Reflexology, with a full range of pressure sensors, utilizes the body system of fight or flight to relax the body. Indeed, the feet and hands are more sensitive than most people realize. Reflexology does not claim to cure, diagnose or prescribe.

Reflexology has been shown to be effective for:

•    Back pain •    Migraines
•    Arthritis •    Sleep disorders
•    Hormonal imbalances •    Sports injuries
•    Digestive disorders •    Stress-related conditions

Reflexology is suitable for all ages and may bring relief from a wide range of acute and chronic conditions. With ever increasing levels of stress, Reflexology helps us to cope on a physical, mental and emotional level thereby encouraging us to heal and maintain health in all areas of our lives. Some benefits can include:

•    Increased blood flow to the rest of the body •    Relaxation
•    Relief from current pain •    Increased energy
•    Menstrual disorders •    Joint problems
•    Thyroid conditions •    Bowel dysfunction
•    Ear infections    

Reflexology at the Workplace

Going to the workplace gives employees a chance to experience Reflexology on a personal level. It can show them how hand reflexology is a great way to help reduce carpal tunnel syndrome caused by repetitive movements on the computer. One treatment will not completely relieve this issue but it shows them options on the care of their wrists and hands. Another aspect of Reflexology is that it helps induce relaxation lowering stress and in turn, relaxes the shoulder and neck area which helps reduce stress headaches. Because it stimulates pressure points in the hands, it helps lower stress by increasing relaxation.

Reflexology for the Body

Different body parts although part of the whole, will help in more specific areas and issues.

The feet are excellent for Premenstrual Syndrome, menstrual cramps, knee discomforts, general abdominal tension, constipation, stress and overall circulation.

The hands get a quicker grasp on headaches, sinus problems, carpal tunnel syndrome, upper abdominal discomforts such as hyperacidity. It is also used if the feet cannot be worked for any reason such as shyness, blood clots or injuries.

The face holds a lot of tension and working on it is great for anti-aging benefits, accelerating lymph action improving the immune system, toning and improving the complexion, helping to relieve tension headaches, eyestrain and stress related symptoms.

The ears are about quick relief of muscular tension and discomfort often found in the neck, shoulder, lower back, hip and sciatic areas and are uniquely effective for relief of many allergic reactions. Working on the ears also reduces tension in the jaw.

The scalp holds a lot of tension and working on it relaxes the mind and nervous system, induces blood circulation in the head and neck, and strengthens hair growth and condition. Migraines could be caused by tension through the neck and scalp so this can help reduce or eliminate the pain.

Conclusion

Reflexology has been around for hundreds of years and has become much more popular in the last twenty years in the western hemisphere. It is in every country of the world like the United Kingdom and Australia. It is very natural and helps your body respond better to its issues.

Reflexology isn’t what makes you better; it is the application of it that helps your body take over its natural healing abilities. It has no side effects other than relaxation and increased circulation and who doesn’t like their hands and/or feet worked on. Enjoy a session and find out how it will make you feel better.