The benefits of reflexology have been known for thousands of years. There is evidence that ancient civilizations relied upon reflexology to bring healing to their people. And, while no one knows exactly where reflexology was first practiced, it is thought to have had its beginnings somewhere in the Middle East or Asia.
The benefits of reflexology are documented sporadically and, somewhat cryptically, in historical texts. Mostly relating to the term “massage,” but referencing the feet. The term reflexology is a modern reference, so it won’t be found in any documentation in relationship to the feet prior to the 1930’s, when Eunice Ingham popularized the term “therapeutic foot reflexology.” So, even though it isn’t mentioned by name in ancient writings, there are references to rubbing and applying oils to the feet.
Modern Day Health Benefits Of Reflexology
Today, reflexology is practiced world wide. It is recognized for it’s efficacy as a healing modality and is prescribed by medical professionals and covered by insurance companies in many countries. It’s refreshing to know there is global agreement regarding the healing power and benefits of reflexology.
A few of the conditions for which the benefits of reflexology can be realized are:
- Migraine headaches
- Constipation and Digestive disorders
- Sinus issues
- Circulatory problems
- Glandular and Endocrine issues
- Joint and muscle pain and stiffness
- Stress and anxiety
- Cognitive issues
As a reflexologist, I have observed not only the symptomatic relief from these conditions in my clients, but occasionally, the complete healing! This being said, for conditions where a client is under the supervision of a medical professional, a regimen of reflexology must be approved by, and also must comply with the medical professional’s healing plan for the client/patient. For the record, in my conversations with medical professionals, from whom my reflexology clients were receiving care, I’ve never been dismissed or discounted from the healing equation. In fact, every physician with whom I’ve spoken has enthusiastically supported and understood the benefits of reflexology for their patient.
The benefits of reflexology are profound, yet they work on a very subtle level. They stem from the body’s innate wisdom to heal itself. When an individual receives reflexology and gives him or herself permission to relax and receive, they allow their body to accept the benefits of reflexology and fully experience all that reflexology has to offer.
Benefits Of Reflexology For Stress
It is common for someone receiving reflexology to fall into a deep and relaxing sleep. I have had several clients express to me, “That’s the best sleep I’ve gotten in weeks!” They wake up refreshed with a clear mind, re-energized and ready to engage with their lives. And, most reflexology treatments are only one hour in length. It’s very gratifying and inspiring.
It’s a fact that much healing is accomplished during deep sleep. As such, the benefits of reflexology not only occur as a direct result of applying reflexology techniques to the feet, hands and ears, but also as a result of the body re-balancing itself during deep slumber. With this in mind, reflexology works on many different levels simultaneously.
The reason clients doze during reflexology is because there is a natural movement back to balance, which inherently removes stress from the equation. This results in relaxation and subsequently, sleep. Not all clients fall asleep, however they usually become very relaxed and most describe a sense of well-being during a treatment. This sense of well-being can last for a few hours to a few days. The benefits of reflexology is the gift that keeps on giving!
Benefits Of Reflexology Case Study
I once had an eighty-year-old woman who had come to see me on the prompting of her children. She was having age-related bone and joint issues, was generally sore and in constant, moderate pain. She insisted reflexology wouldn’t do any good and that she’d come to see me only because her kids promised to stop bugging her if she did. I didn’t argue with her and told her,“One thing is for sure, it won’t hurt.” And I assisted her onto my reflexology table. Little did she know she would have the experience she was about to have, by receiving the benefits of reflexology.
For the next hour I gave her feet reflexology. When I’d completed the session, she just laid there silently. Then, all of a sudden, she sat up. And, quite literally, hopped off the table and began to “crush grapes” with her feet. She began to laugh and exclaimed, “I can dance! And it doesn’t hurt!”
The best part of this story is, she came back to see me several more times for reflexology!
If an eighty-year-old can achieve such a significant and profound change for the better, imagine what is possible for you!
And all you have to do to receive the benefits of reflexology is to lie down on a table for about an hour with your feet bared.
Happy, energetic and stress-free reflexology clients are the rule and not the exception. And, while receiving a reflexology treatment from a professional reflexologist is absolutely wonderful, one of the additional benefits of reflexology is that reflexology can be performed by anyone. Learning a few techniques is easy and can be done at home. Giving reflexology to your spouse and/or children is a wonderful gift. Just be careful – they’ll want it all the time!
Lastly, one of the practical benefits of reflexology is that you remain clothed. All that is required is the removal of shoes and socks in order to bare the feet. Also, the hands and the outer ears are accessed in an extended reflexology session. It is common for your body temperature to decrease during a reflexology treatment and requesting a blanket at the outset of a treatment is a good practice. If the reflexologist doesn’t offer, don’t hesitate to ask. Being warm and comfortable while receiving the benefits of reflexology adds an additional level of goodness to the treatment.
So, are you ready to receive the benefits of reflexology, yet?
I hope so!
The benefits of reflexology are available for everyone.