Reflexology is a treatment based on the principle that there are areas and points on the feet, hands, and ears that are connected through the nervous system to corresponding parts of the body. When pressure is applied to these areas and points it stimulates the movement of energy along the nerve channels and helps to restore homeostasis balance in the body.
There are approximately 7,000 nerve endings in the human foot and each of them are a reflex point that corresponds to a body part. Reflexologists use special finger and thumb manipulations to stimulate these reflex points and they know exactly which area of the foot corresponds to which body part by learning the following Reflexology chart.
Reflexology has many health benefits*
Reflexology is known to open neural pathways and flood the nervous system with neuron activity which puts the body in a more relaxed state. By delivering an abundance of relaxation in your system, reflexology can induce a state of calm throughout your body and mind. employing this phenomenon, reflexology can be used to cure sleep disorders such as Insomnia and help your body get back to its normal, healthy circadian rhythms.
Improvement of Your Nerve Functions
As bodies age, the nerve endings become less and less sensitive in the extremity parts of our body. Opening up and cleaning out neural pathways can help improve functionality and flexibility of nerves and cells in various organs in the body. Neural passageways are essentially like muscles, it is extremely beneficial and crucial to your health to keep them active.
Improvement In Your Brain Power.
By stimulating your nerves and opening your neural pathways, information flows much faster and more effectively to you brain which would help you brain to handle the process the information faster which would result in a much faster cognitive and physical reactions and a boost in your memory.
Increased Blood Circulation In Your Body
Effectively the most well-known benefit of reflexology is an improvement in blood circulation throughout your body, which means that blood along with oxygen gets cycled and delivered through the body more efficiently. Improvement in circulation also means more oxygen reaching the vital organ systems which optimizes their functioning and further increases metabolism. The deliverance of oxygen through the body also results in faster healing and re-growth of damaged cells.
Eliminating Your Body's Toxins
By improving the blood circulation, Reflexology improves bladder function and that helps reduce the possibility of urinary tract issues. This results in a more efficient system of eliminating toxins and other foreign elements, thereby protecting your body from various diseases and health conditions that can often happen as result of a compromised urinary system.
Boosting Your Metabolism & Energy Level
A proper reflexology session can improve the functionality of many organs in your body which would result in higher metabolism which in return helps with creating more energy in your body. If you have been feeling sluggish or need a boost in your energy, book your next reflexology session with one of BAO Foot Spa's California certified therapists now.
Reducing Your Headaches
One of the most common applications of reflexology is to reduces the severity of migraines and headaches by relieving tension in the muscles that often result in such conditions. Since stress and psychological factors often manifest in the physical symptoms of a migraine, headaches brought by stress can also be eliminated using reflexology.
Relieving discomfort from Menstruation & Pregnancy
Reflexology can be very beneficial for women during pregnancy, especially with regard to labor lengths, women’s need for analgesics during labor as well as post-partum recovery time. Additionally, as result of many of the health benefits mentioned above, reflexology can reduce the chances of post-partum depression, help the body heal itself and get back to its normal metabolic activity faster.
* Although reflexology is an ancient form of treatment and has been effectively used for centuries, it is important to note that it should be considered as a supplemental treatment to formal medical advice of your doctor and prescribed medicinal treatments.