Press the stress away

Reflexology is a holistic therapy that has the power to heal your body with the right kind of touch and pressure on the key areas, describes Zaiba Abdulla.

Have you ever thought about the fact that your feet carry the weight of the body whole day long? In our body system, every nerve begins and ends in the hands and feet. In recent days, ancient healing techniques have been coming to forefront. Reflexology is one such technique. Reflexology is based on the principle discovered in ancient times that every organ, gland, and body part, even skin, has a corresponding area on our hands, feet, and ears, called a “reflex area.”

Reflexology, also called “zone therapy”, is considered an alternative medicine which involves applying physical pressure to specific areas of the feet, hands, or ears with specific thumb, finger, and hand techniques. This therapy does not use oil or lotion like other ordinary massage therapies. Reflexology, on the whole, is a holistic therapy that has the power to heal your body with touch.

In fact, reflexology imparts a host of beneficial and lasting effects. The ultimate purpose is an overall health enhancement, through relaxing the nervous system of the body. The process of reflexology is said to facilitate relief from diarrhoea, asthma, back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, sciatica, pre-menstrual syndrome and other menstrual irregularities, pregnancy related conditions, constipation, and other such common ailments.

Foot reflexology is based on the relationship between the reflexes in your feet and the rest of your body. According to foot reflexology, our feet are the central point of our entire body. The foot has thousands of nerve endings, which makes it a very sensitive part of the human body. In ancient times, people stimulated their reflexes naturally by walking barefoot over rocks, stones and rough ground. Today, we have lost much of nature's way of maintaining a balanced and healthy equilibrium. Reflexology can help fix this problem. It is an imitation of natural walking on different uneven surfaces. It helps to restore the balance and promote natural health and vitality.

According to reflexology, the hand map is similar to the foot map. A good hand reflexology massage can cause the same state of bliss as a foot reflexology massage.
Within a short span of time, reflexology has been growing increasingly popular across Europe and Asia as both a complement to other treatments and as a preventive measure. It is true that researches conducted till date have not shown any “curative” remedies through reflexology.

But reflexology has been known to bust stress like no other massage techniques can. It is also true that it does help in stimulating better blood circulation throughout the body. One can understand reflexology benefits only after going through the therapy. Get that natural rebalancing system working again and you’ll be amazed at how quickly you feel better through the holistic therapy of medical reflexology. Sometimes a small change can make a big difference.

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