While the feet are an often overlooked part of the human body, reflexology teaches us that they have much to say about its inner workings on a physical and emotional level.
More than 7 000 of the nerves that run through our body end in the feet, enabling them to act as a miniaturized map where each zone reflects the state of a specific organ or bodily function.
The goal of reflexology, a method of therapy that originated in China several thousand years ago, is to help us read this map to locate areas of imbalance and tension anywhere in the body. These blockages are then cleared through the application of pressure on specific reflex points on the feet, sending signals to the corresponding physical and energetic systems.
While very pleasant and relaxing in itself, reflexology is more than a simple massage and has many important physiological and psychological benefits. It can :
- Relieve stress and tension
- Reduce worry and anxiety
- Improve the circulation of blood and lymph
- Flush out toxins
- Stimulate the release of certain hormones
- Strengthen the immune system
The treatment, which approaches the body in a holistic manner, supports its self-healing abilities in order to restore health and balance, maintain wellbeing over time and prevent illness.
Because reflexology reduces tension in the body, it is particularly efficient in the treatment of chronic and recurring symptoms related to stress, such as sleep disturbances and skin problems, digestive issues, back pain or PMS. It has even been demonstrated to show success in the reduction of auto-immune symptoms and in the management of pain in a wide range of conditions.
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Writer: Marie B.