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Foot reflexology: what it is and its benefits

Foot Reflexology: What It Is And Its Benefits

Foot Reflexology is a technique based on two pillars: the feet, where we can find the rest of the body represented. For instance, keep reading for mor information.

What is Foot Reflexology?

We can define foot reflexology or foot reflexology as a therapeutic technique based on the stimulation of points on the feet, in other words reflex zones. These reflex zones correspond to different parts of the body. So that by massaging them indirectly or reflexively (hence the name of the therapy) organs, muscles or other parts of the body receive a healing stimulus. Of course, in addition to this reflex effect, there is a very important and useful local effect on the feet to treat and prevent many foot problems.

How is it
done?

For its realization, no substance or tool is required other than the hands themselves. Although it is customary to use some oil to be able to massage more easily and fluidly. Therefore, the technique is performed through the application of a manual massage that applies pressure on reflex areas of the feet. With which specific effects are achieved in other parts of the body.

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Benefits of this technique

Thanks to this ancestral therapeutic technique, we can obtain multiple benefits on our health since the set of pathologies and diseases that reflexology can treat is very broad. Certainly it must be said that scientific studies conducted so far are not conclusive as to the effectiveness of reflexology. But the fact that it is an ancient technique with origins in ancient China, the tribes of the United States and Egypt, where papyri have been found dating from 2000 BC. For instance it shows the application of massage on the soles of the feet and hands, suggests its effectiveness more than demonstrable.

  • It produces a relaxing effect that helps eliminate stress and facilitates physical and mental relaxation.
  • Stimulates blood and lymphatic circulation.
  • Boosts the immune system and the body’s self-healing potential.
  • Regulates the functioning of the body’s organs.
  • Balances and restores energy levels.
  • Aids in the elimination of toxins.
  • Has preventive therapy effects.
  • Has an antalgic effect (relieves pain).
  • It is not contraindicated in adolescents, children, pregnant women and the elderly.
  • It stimulates creativity, raises the level of vitality and improves mood.

Therefore, we can say that foot reflexology is a therapeutic technique that can help us with different symptoms and ailments. Consequently both to prevent them and to achieve physical and mental balance. Above all applying pressure on a specific area of the foot. Most importantly is a great alternative or complement to conventional medicine, no doubt.  In short if you are interested in this technique, contact our Massage Center in Chicago.

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