The many benefits of reflexology are clear; over thousands of years, this gentle treatment has been shown to be an effective way of treating a variety of conditions and looking after general health. There is evidence that a form of reflexology was practiced in ancient Egypt and India, and many modern people can attest to its effectiveness. Here are just some of the many benefits of reflexology …
1. Helps Many Conditions
One of the many benefits of reflexology is that it can successfully treat a variety of conditions. I've found that it has helped considerably with conditions like IBS and painful periods, and it can also be used for everything from arthritis to eczema. While it can't be expected to cure ailments like MS, it may alleviate the symptoms and help a patient's overall health.
2. Feet Treat
We spend hours on our feet, which have to support the weight of the entire body. Yet our feet are unrecognised and unrewarded for all the hard work they do. A session of reflexology is such a treat for our feet. Of course, the treatment is more than a simple massage - your body and mind will both benefit on a different level - but you will enjoy the feeling of having your feet pampered.
Reflexology is so relaxing that patients may even fall asleep during a session. With the busy lives that we lead, it's even more essential to find the time for relaxation. A session of reflexology is the perfect way to do this, since you have to do nothing but sit down and enjoy the treatment. It's essentially taking time out for yourself - and we all need to look after our own health.
4. Investment in Your Health
It never fails to amaze me how people willingly spend money on harmful things like smoking or eating a bad diet, yet resent the idea of investing in their own health. Surely looking after your physical and mental well-being is worth spending time and money on? A monthly session of reflexology can really make a difference, and help you deal with stress.
Reflexology is a gentle, non-invasive treatment, so it is worth trying if you find massage too strong or don't like the idea of acupuncture needles. Some people are squeamish about having their feet touched, but they're missing out! Also, you don't need to undress other than take your shoes and socks off.
All parts of our body work together with others, yet conventional medicine focuses on treating one part in isolation. Alternative medicine, on the other hand, looks at the body as a whole. Reflexology is a holistic treatment that works to re-establish balance in the body.
7. General Health
Lastly, reflexology is excellent as a way of boosting your general health. Even if you don't have any specific health problems, it can help you feel less stressed, sleep better, and feel more relaxed. It's also a good way of preventing some conditions from arising in the first place.
Any benefit you get from reflexology isn't just a question of convincing yourself that it will work - it can be amazing. I first tried it for an ongoing health issue, not thinking that it would have much effect but willing to try. The result was impressive. It's best seen as a complement to conventional medicine, and a way of treating minor issues - don't expect reflexology to cure everything, or stop taking essential medicines. What is your experience with alternative therapies?