Reflexology is based upon the belief that if you massage or apply pressure to particular parts of the body, that can release energetic blocks within the body’s energy system.
You may wonder where these points are located. Reflexologists have established that these areas are often underneath the sole of the feet, on palms of the hands and inside the ears. These pressure points will correlate with particular organs and body parts.
For example, the sole of your heal correlates with your lower back and glute area, and on the other hand, the middle of your foot is connected with your kidneys. When you look at a visual outlining all the pressure points, you will quickly see the variety of points and what points connect with which area.
Traditional beliefs around reflexology
Historically, reflexology originated in China and, in a similar vein to acupuncture, think that all human beings have ‘qi’ or ‘life force’, and sometimes that energy force can become blocked. As mentioned, when pressure is applied to certain areas, energetic blocks within our “life force” is released—bringing you back to health and wellbeing.
Scientific beliefs around reflexology
Outside of the Chinese traditional beliefs, there are other ideas as to how reflexology works. A few people say that it works simply through the calming effect of someone’s touch, whilst some British scientists have found that nerves connect the skin to internal organs. Therefore, when you stimulate those areas, healing can occur.
Most reflexologists divide the body into ten same-sized zones, half of them on the right and the other half on the left.
Reflexology should not replace traditional routes to health and wellbeing, but it can complement it very well. Although, studies have found that reflexology is very good at reducing stress, decreasing anxiety and being very relaxing.
Relieving stress in the body
As a society in the 21st century, we are not very good at giving ourselves the space to heal and release after a stressful day at work. Stress builds up within our system like ulcers; when left unattended, they are allowed to fester and can easily create dysfunctional behaviour, such as outrage, addiction and low emotional regulation.
It is not only work that renders our life stressful. Societal expectations, family life, romantic partners, social media, consistently producing and never resting.
We live in a work-hard-play-play culture.
For our health and longevity, this must come to an end. We must change our mindset and lifestyle around rest and give ourselves the space that we need to recover.
Although few scientific papers are backing up the efficacy of reflexology, we should not shy away from giving it a go. Many people all over the praise how well reflexology has worked for them.
At Hall Health Center, we stand behind the existence of a life force that can sometimes get blocked within our being. We must therefore find ways to unblock these energies.
Reflexology is one excellent way of achieving that result.
Another way to release energetic blocks within our system is through acupuncture, which works similarly to reflexology or meditation. At the centre of it all, healing comes from the practice of calming the mind.
The benefits over reflexology:
Although the efficacy of reflexology is disputed, many have found that the practice can help with:
- Reducing pain
- Alleviate stress and anxiety
- Improve mood
- Enhance over-all wellbeing
At the same time, reflexology is only meant to complement traditional routes to health.
Finding your reflexologist
There is no governing board who authentically credit reflexologists; therefore, when seeking a practitioner, make sure they come with a recommendation. With that said, you can get a qualification in the area, so ensure that you seek out people with the correct credentials.
Final words: Is it safe?
Yes, reflexology comes with minimal risk because the intervention is non-invasive. In other words, there is no particular pressure used or anything that you consume. If you ever are in severe pain during a session, let your practitioner know as soon as possible to rectify their approach.
After a session, you may experience tender feet, dizziness and heightened emotions.