Reflexology involves the precise use of pressure on your feet, hands, and ears. Rooted in ancient practices, reflexology rests on the idea that small sections of these parts of your body correspond with major organs and systems of your body. Although reflexology is similar to massage, it’s a unique practice that offers key benefits. If any of the following are true, you may want to try reflexology.
You Want to Improve Circulation
Adequate circulation keeps you warmer, boosts your energy levels, and promotes healing. If you want to improve your circulation, you may want to try reflexology. Actually, all massage is great for your circulation.
You Need an Immune Boost
In addition to improving your circulation, reflexology can also help with your lymph fluid. When you get those elements moving around your body more effectively, that automatically improves the functioning of your immune system. For instance, people with cancer often report that reflexology helps with symptoms such as nausea, pain, anxiety, and digestion. Similarly, people with arthritis often turn to reflexology because it reduces their pain.
If you have a compromised immune system due to a chronic condition, if you want to safeguard against illness at the beginning of the school year, or if you want an immune boost for any other reason, it may be time to schedule a reflexology session. Ideally, you should use reflexology for prevention rather than for a cure. If you are actively having symptoms of an illness, always let your practitioner know before coming in to your appointment.
You Are Feeling Stressed
In today’s busy world, it’s hard not to feel stressed. If you’re overwhelmed with work, family, or just life in general, you may want to turn to reflexology for its stress-reducing effects. During your session, you may notice your blood pressure dropping and anxiety fading away. Typically, these effects carry over into your daily life, long after your session. Of course, when you reduce stress, you also decrease the chances of getting ill.
You Want Attention for Your Feet
When you go in for a traditional massage, the massage therapist may rub your feet, but often, that’s not included. Although reflexology is not the same as traditional massage, it does focus a lot on your feet. If you want a bit of extra attention for this part of your body, it may be time to try this therapy.
You Want Migraine Relief
Many people have reported that they get relief from migraines after trying reflexology. Traditionally, this process is used to target specific points on your body that correspond with tense areas that may be causing your migraines. Even a traditional massage can help to relax muscles that may be causing migraines. Note, however, that you should also seek medical help if you’re having serious migraines, ideally, you should talk with your healthcare practitioner before trying any treatment.