The body and mind face a lot each day, week, month, and year, that can lead to physical, mental, and emotional concerns.
What if there was a way that applying pressure to certain areas of the body could help alleviate those concerns?
It's not acupuncture, but rather what we're talking about is called reflexology.
This practice is has been getting more popular in recent years for a wide variety of reasons.
If you're considering this treatment to help you relax and live healthier, we have 5 basics you need to know:
- Reflexology applies pressure to certain points on the feet, hands, and ears.
- Tools of the trade can include rubber balls, rubber bands, and wooden sticks.
- In addition to massage therapists, reflexologists can include chiropractors and physical therapists.
- This treatment can provide lots of benefits from mental acuity, to emotional stability, to relief from pain.
- It is safe.
Let's look at these basics in a bit more depth.
Reflexology: Healing Pressure
You might think of this practice as a foot massage because many reflexologists apply pressure to the foot in order to perform this treatment.
However, it can also be performed on the hands and ears. No matter where the pressure is exerted, the overall end result is the same: healing organs.
There are several tools that a professional might use in order to exert the right amount of pressure in the right spots.
At home, if you want to relax after a long day of work, you can use some of these tools. You can also use a foot massager to get many of the same benefits.
Those wishing to perform this practice professionally should be trained by the right schools. Reflexology programs can involve up to 300 hours of study time, plus hands-on practical work.
Reflexologists can--but are not required to--obtain certifications.
This soothing treatment can provide a number of benefits, treating concerns that manifest physically and those that don't. This treatment is being used to improve:
- Pre-operative anxiety and postmenopausal anxiety and depression
- Pain related to cancer and cancer treatments
- Healing time after cardiovascular surgery
- Diabetes Type II
- Tingling and fatigue related to Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
- Chronic sinusitis
- Kidney function
- Pain due to osteoarthritis
In addition to all of these benefits, reflexology can promote relaxation. So whether you're stressed out from work or battling a medical concern, this type of massage may help.
It can also improve cognitive function for increased focus and memory retention.
A Safe Treatment
This treatment isn't invasive, so the risks of infection from procedures like surgery are non-existent. Also, there's no downtime.
This safe massage treatment can include some very mild discomfort during the massage, but by the time it's over, most just feel relaxed.
That's how massages should feel. Whether you go into an office to see a chiropractor, physical therapist or masseuse turned reflexologist, or you undergo a foot massage at home, you should feel relaxed afterward.
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