Reflexology is an alternative healing technique that aims to reduce bodily stress levels by massaging the pressure points on your feet. The reflexology foot map represents all the pressure points on your feet that have a corresponding effect on different parts of your body. The reflexology chart of foot pressure points guide the reflexologist to specific areas of your feet depending on what part of your body you want to effect.
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For example, if you are suffering from headaches, the reflexologist will delicately apply pressure to the tips of your toes. For problems related to your back, the reflexologist will apply pressure to your heel and the front portion of your ankle. In reflexology, there is a pressure point for almost every part of your body such as:
- small intestine
- spine, etc.
This alternative healing technique is also considered an effective means of relieving mental stress and depression, which have become quite common nowadays.
Reflexology also involves massaging the pressure points on your hands, but the feet are the most commonly used. Reflexology and feet pressure treatments are gaining more recognition. Medical practitioners believe that when pressure is applied to a specific area of your feet, bio-chemical signals are generated through the peripheral nervous system. The signals then travel to the central nervous system where they are processed in different parts of the brain. Your brain then sends signals to the internal organs of your body for making adjustments in bodily fuel and oxygen. This relaxes your whole body and decreases the tension that different working organs have on your body. This in turn reduces stress and wear and tear of bodily systems and processes.
Although reflexology has proved quite beneficial in reducing mental and bodily stress, its ability to cure or prevent diseases is still to be ascertained. However, since mental stress is a leading cause of many diseases such as hypertension, we can infer that reflexology does help in preventing the onset of certain diseases, albeit indirectly.
For realizing the full benefits of this innovative healing system, you will have to make it a part of your life, i.e. you will have to consistently practice the technique until your body and mind start feeling the difference. The technique can be applied two to three times per week in the initial stages and four to five times per week after a few months. Each massage session can be ten to thirty minutes long, depending on how much time you are willing to allocate.
The best thing about reflexology is that it can be done practically anytime and anywhere. This means that you can depend on reflexology even if you do not have much spare time.