According to the National Institute for Health (NIH), modern reflexology techniques have been used for the past seven decades. However, evidence suggests reflexology has been a medical practice for thousands of years. So, what exactly is foot reflexology, and what are the benefits of this ancient practice?
The Basics: What Is Foot Reflexology?
Foot reflexology is based on the theory that different parts of the body, such as the foot, are connected to systems and organs in the body. Reflexology is the practice of using pressure or massage to alleviate problems in other areas of the body.
In other words, reflexology stimulates neuro-sensory points to relieve tension held in specific areas of the body.
Why Does It Work?
There are several schools of thought about why reflexology works. The traditional Chinese Medicine theory holds that vital energy (qi) flows through each person’s body. When stress or other problems arise, the body blocks the free flow of qi.
Another theory is based on the notion that the body’s nervous system is affected by outside forces and factors, such as touch. Thus, reflexology can help to calm your central nervous system.
All theories agree that applying pressure to specific areas of the foot can help with underlying physical and psychological conditions. Additionally, foot reflexology is considered to be a very safe, calming, and relaxing treatment.
Benefits of Foot Reflexology
Reflexology has physical and mental benefits. These include:
- Reduced eye strain
- Improved digestion
- Better sleep
- Stress reduction and relaxation
Reduced Eye Strain
Many people find that foot reflexology helps with age-related eye strain. The eye reflexology points are located at the bottom of the feet and trained reflexology practitioners know how to massage these points gently and effectively. After just one session, you may feel less strain on your eyes.
Foot reflexology can also improve in digestion. Not only is there a reflexology point in your feet that corresponds to your stomach, but there are also points that link to your intestines.
In addition, because stress can cause stomach problems, a relaxing foot reflexology session can help you to unwind and reduce gastrointestinal distress.
According to the Mayo Clinic, pressure applied to the foot is believed to bring relaxation and to alleviate stress. Reducing stress is vital for longevity and for overall health and wellness, so it’s important to maintain healthy stress levels.
Stress reduction is known to help promote better sleep. Because the central nervous system plays a huge role in generating stress responses and reflexology can reduce stress, it follows that reflexology can help improve your sleep too.
Relaxing, Healing Foot Reflexology in Newport Beach
Swiss Clinique offers foot reflexology as well as facial reflexology in Newport Beach. As a relaxing, healing treatment, reflexology can help stimulate blood flow, reduce stress, alleviate tension, and reduce symptoms of various conditions. If you have any questions or would like more information about our reflexology services, we’re here to help. Contact us today to learn more or to schedule a foot reflexology appointment.