How-to: reap the benefits of reflexology
What is reflexology? Shortly put, reflexology is a method of massage based on the principle that certain parts of the body are affected by others. Used to relieve tension and treat illness, foot reflexology targets ‘pressure points’ or ‘reflexes’ in the feet thought to be linked to the rest of the body. A reflexology foot chart separates the feet into distinctive segments that are thought to affect other areas of the body. For example, pressing on the heels and lower arches of the feet is thought to positively affect the lower back.
By applying pressure to these reflex or pressure points, tension can be dispersed, circulation improved and toxins eliminated, encouraging overall body healing. Foot reflexology is even thought to help clear away ‘emotional toxins’ that may be stored in the body, by enabling the release of negative energy. Intrigued? Here’s how to get the most out of reflexology…
Find a good practitioner
To learn more about the reflexology foot chart and experience the real benefits of foot reflexology, it’s essential that you consult a qualified practitioner. The Reflexology Association of Australia website is a great place to start.
Go with an open mind
Much of reflexology is based on theory and individual experiences, so the results can vary significantly from person to person. To get the most out of your session and unlock the powerful mind-body connection essential for treating emotional stresses, you need to go to your session with an open mind. A closed, skeptical attitude can potentially block the physical and emotional benefits offered by reflexology.
Stick it out
If you really want to see results, ideally you should attend 3-4 sessions. Healing is achieved over time and although you almost certainly will notice changes in your body instantly, dramatic and lasting change will take longer to achieve.