It is hard to imagine a headache being cured by massaging your toes or relieving cramps by applying soothing pressure to the heels of your feet. The origins of reflexology are not wholly clear. Some believe that the healing art was born in ancient Egypt whereas others claim that it has its roots in ancient Greece. But from all accounts, most experts agree that it is a sure fire way to deal with troublesome aches and pains with minimum hassle. In fact, you don’t even need to go to a masseuse; you can indulge in reflexology with your own two hands.
Though reflexology is not considered the cure for any major disease or illness, it does have its benefits. The basis of the practice is that the physical act of applying pressure to the hands, ears or feet with specifically allotted techniques, without using any external balms or ointments, can stimulate certain ‘zones’ or reflex areas in the body.
What does it do?
Research has shown that reflexology has several beneficial effects on the body. For example, it causes relaxation. Though this sounds simplistic, it is a testament to the fast paced and stress packed world of today that relaxation is considered a major plus point.
Reflexology reduces pain in problem areas. The ‘zones’ in the feet are connected to the vital organs of the body. From the various muscles and bones in the head to the stomach and digestive system, reflexologists believe that the gentle pressure and stimulation reduces the pain in problem areas.
The gentle massage is believed to be beneficial for the blood flow in the body. Studies have shown that reflexology helps maintain a healthy flow of blood to the feet, kidneys, intestines and the brain. Research has also proved that reflexology has a positive effect on mental health. People suffering from anxiety and depression have been known to experience an alleviation of their symptoms while practising reflexology.