It is believed that up to 75% of health conditions are directly related to tension and stress. Lowering stress or tension in the body is a key element in achieving a state of balance, which promotes and allows the body to deal with diseases or illnesses in a natural way.
During a reflexology session, stress areas can come up by touching on the reflex points. The practitioner can pinpoint the problem and find a way to heal the body via the feet zones. All areas of the body from head to toe are mapped out on the foot, ranging from brain, neck, lung, eye, liver, kidney, colon and so on.
It is believed that when pressure is applied, it gives the brain a signal that is translated to the corresponding body part. It is also said that these points promote and enhance energy flow in the body.
Reflexology is ideally used as a preventative measure instead of a cure. It maintains the body’s ability to heal itself naturally. Those that engage in reflexology on a frequent basis experience smoother function, lowered stress levels, reduced tension and increased blood circulation.
Reflexology promotes immune system function and therefore makes us better at handling stress. It is not recommended to solely rely on reflexology for a healthy body and mind, but to incorporate this method of self-healing with good nutrition and adequate exercise. Practitioners of reflexology do not cure or diagnose diseases but they can help aid in healing.
At the beginning of a reflexology session, the patient is asked to focus on deep breathing. It is common for practitioners to use essential oils to promote relaxation as well. The reflexologist then cleans, washes and gently massages the feet, which further enhances relaxation. The reflexology then commences with focus starting on the toes and moving down to the end of the foot, while working on points along the way.