What Is Reflexology?
Reflexology is an alternative medicine also known as zone therapy. It works by having a practitioner apply pressure to the hands, feet or ears with very specific finger, thumb and hand techniques, sometimes using oil or lotions.
Reflexology is based on the theory that a system of zones and reflex areas reflect a part in the body with the idea that such work can affect a physical change or improvement.
It is a natural healing art that works through the application of pressure on certain reflex points, which correspond to various organs, glands and parts of the body.
Reflexology uses the idea of an invisible life force or chi as well, as many alternative therapies do. It is said to be an effective technique for relieving pain, stress and balancing the nervous system by relieving various energetic blockages.
Reflexology may work by helping to release powerful endorphins, which are the body’s feel-good chemicals.
Pressure Points in Reflexology
Pressure points in reflexology are aligned with both sides of the body. For example, reflex areas in your right foot represent your body’s right half, while points in the left foot represent the body’s left half.
When doing reflexology, one must use both sides to align the entire body. The most widely used reflexology pressure points are on the feet, the hands and the ears.
Certain healing zones or pressure areas reside on the soles of the feet and can be used to alleviate discomfort.
How to Use Reflexology to Self-Heal
Reflexology is a wonderful way to aid circulation and help with things like lymphatic drainage, and it also helps relax the muscles and stimulate nerves.
One of the best ways to use reflexology to self-heal is to work the soles of your feet by going barefoot on a natural surface or even something like river stones. Rolling your feet over golf balls or a tennis balls may be effective as well.
Begin by loosening your ankles by rotating each foot clockwise then counter-clockwise 10 times. You can also pinch the ends of your toes, which helps increase circulation and drain your sinuses.
Next, try massaging the balls of your feet, then the arch and the heel. Explore any area further that seems tender or sensitive.