Our feet and hands can say a lot about us and about our health, for example how our kidneys and liver works, our temperament and much more.
Reflexology is an ancient method of foot massage, which is based on the fact that every part of the body has its own projection on the surface of the skin on our body. Foot reflexology massage is a branch of Chinese medicine that is used for thousands of years successfully, and not only in treatment, but also in the diagnosis and prevention of various diseases.
Foot Reflexology is a holistic therapeutic method that balance vital energy, achieved through foot massage (pressing and massaging certain reflex points). It is believed that there are ten channels which begin or end in the toes and stretch to hand fingers and crown. Each channel is associated with a particular zone of the body and the organs in that zone – the top of the big toe, for example, is associated with head. On feet there are reflex points of all organs and body parts, the right foot is the mirror of the right side of the body, and the left foot the left.
Chinese doctors have made precise maps of reflex zones on the feet and hands 5,000 years ago, since when this skill is applied.
When balance of yin and yang is disturb, there is a disturbance in a cell, tissue or organ, and is manifest with symptoms, at first almost imperceptible or barely visible, which, if they are ignored, can become a serious health problem. Bearing in mind that yin and yang are not chaotic vital energy, just have their own channels, meridians and projections on foot, it is possible to determine the energy status of the organism.
Reflexology works in three ways: relaxation, improves circulation and promotes energy balance within the body. The balance is essential for a healthy body, mind and spirit. Once dysfunction is in the body, it is out of equilibrium. Reflexology treatment balances every gland, organ, muscle, tissue and cell in the body, causing the body’s systems in the state of correct operation. In reflexology treatments handle certain reflex points and zones, beaming pulses in the sick part of the body.
Reflexology can help with:
- Hormonal disorders
- Help to lower blood pressure
- Back pain
- Migraine and headaches
- Sleep disturbances
- Increase metabolism
- Circulatory problems
- Lead to better sleep
- Depression, stress, tension etc.
You can learn to apply reflexology on yourself, on your partner or friends. All you need is a map of the reflexive spots (Reflex points) and learning about the duration and manner of pressing. Reflex points on the hands is bit more difficult to massage weight because they are located deeper under the skin, but the palm massage can be easily performed on any part of them. Work on the palms acting very relaxing and is a good alternative to the treatment of the feet, if you’re very ticklish for example.
Massaging big toe, acts on the hypothalamus. This is very useful for overweight people. Pressures on this point helps in controlling appetite, contributing natural weight loss.
In the center of a large thumb is a point that is responsible for the operation of the pituitary gland-the major endocrine gland.
In a large finger there is a area that is equivalent to massage the thyroid gland. Massaging this area is very useful.
Massaging foot center is particularly pleasant – entire web of nerves is associated with the diaphragm.Active engagement in the middle of the foot helps relieve stress and tension.
In the inner edge of the foot, closer to the center, are located nerve endings, which are associated with the work of the adrenal gland. If you feel constant fatigue, massage this spot will help to quickly restore lost energy.
Reflexology should not be used in case of:
– Infectious diseases and conditions accompanying with fever;
– Acute inflammation of the blood and lymphatic vessels;
– Diseases that require surgery;
– Post-traumatic atrophy of the foot, gangrene and fungal diseases;
– Problematic pregnancy;
– Wounds on the feet;
– Built-in booster cardiac impulse (artificial cardiac pacemaker);
– Fractures, sprains, varicose veins and injuries in the area of massage.
If you suffer from severe problems and want to experience the full benefit of reflexology, make sure to visit trained reflexology therapist .