To the uninitiated, foot reflexology may seem nothing but an extended foot rub to relax tired feet and calves. However, it is more technical and beneficial than that.
Foot reflexology is an ancient form of therapy said to have been used by the Egyptians and the Chinese millennia ago. The practice involves applying the right amount of pressure to specific points on the feet because they are directly connected to internal organs.
As this therapy is becoming more in-demand, the need for experts (who have graduated from a reflexology course) offering it has increased. Some start their own reflexology and foot spa, while others offer it as an additional service.
Promotes Healing and Well-Being
Reflexology is believed to heal various internal organs or bodily systems using the hand, finger, thumb, or wooden stick. Like acupuncture, it falls under the category of alternative medicine and treatments. However, more people are accepting the benefits of reflexology, especially in strengthening a person’s immune system and relieving stress and tension. As it targets the organs, it is said to remove blockages and heal damaged or ailing tissues as well.
Promotes Improved Circulation
Reflexology follows the meridians of the body. These are so-called energy lines that correspond to a different organ. Trained reflexologists say that there are 14 major energy lines and more than 2,000 pressure points throughout the body. In acupuncture, the affected area and its immediate vicinity are pricked with needles to improve circulation and blood flow. Reflexology, on the other hand, treats the blocked or diseased areas through the pressure points found in the hands and feet.
The left foot is connected to the systems found on the left side of the body, while the right controls the organs in the right side. Through gentle stimulation and application of pressure, the blockages are removed and blood is able to circulate freely.
It is important to note though that there is a lot of studying and training involved to become a reflexologist. It involves a deep understanding of the circulatory system and the thousands of pressure points in the human body. This is also why you need to be a licensed professional to offer this kind of treatment.