Why Is Reflexology Important?
Reflexology is an ancient healing art that has been around for 2000 years, practiced throughout history by Asian cultures. Originating in China and spread to India and Egypt around 3000 B.C., it has existed in various forms in ancient South Asia, Middle East and Japan. Dr. William Fitsgeralf introduced this foot massage and therapy technique to the Western world in 1913.
There are two major theories as to how reflexology foot massage actually works. One explanation is that it works via the complex nervous system that identifies the 7,000 nerve endings.
Pressure applied to reflexes in the feet sends a signal to the peripheral nervous system and then enters the central nervous system where the brain can process the information. The brain relays messages to internal organs and glands in order to make adjustments such as getting more nutrients and oxygen into the cells.
Another theory is that there is “zone therapy” – a network of energy pathways running through the entire body connected through nerve system, similar to the traditional meridian system used in acupuncture. Working on the feet balances energy throughout the body.
Grace reflexology foot massage is known as a completely natural therapy regardless age, gender and physical condition. Reflexology foot massage offers relief based foot treatment that can be practiced on a daily basis.
How Does Reflexology Work?
There are roughly 7,200 nerve endings in the feet that are connected through the spinal cord and brain with all parts of your body. The feet work as a mirror of your body, with each organ being represented in a particular place on your foot.
Reflexology differs from massage in that it works through nerve endings, whereas massage is applied to soft tissue and muscles. Reflexology has a deeper focus than massage, as it is meant to affect the reflex and not just your skin. By stimulating a reflex on the feet, you will then feel restored balance in your corresponding body part.
Benefits of Reflexology:
Reflexology relieves tension for people of any age, and offers relief from a range of acute conditions. Reflexology has been shown to aid in:
- Relaxation and stress management
- Relief of aches, pains, and tension
- Help eliminate digestive difficulties
- Improve sleep patterns
- Increase mental and physical wellness
Who Can Benefit From Reflexology?
Reflexology is a holistic therapy suitable for all ages, and may bring relief from a wide range of acute and chronic conditions. Reflexology has been shown to be effective for:
- Back pain
- Circulatory problems
- Chronic muscle pain
- Digestive problems
- Hormonal imbalances
- Migraines, headaches
- Sleep disorders
- Stress related disorders
What to expect when you go in for a Reflexology foot massage treatment:
Treatment sessions usually last from 30 minutes to an hour or longer, and will begin by having you sit in a reclining chair, with your feet conveniently placed for the foot massage therapist / reflexologist to work.
The reflexologist will then use their hands to apply pressure to the feet. The application and effect of the therapy are unique to the individual based on your physical condition. You are encouraged to let the reflexologist know if there are tender or specific areas you’d like to address.