This year World Reflexology Awareness Week is being celebrated from 22 – 28 September. This increasingly popular therapy promotes relaxation and balance, encouraging the body to heal itself – keen to increase awareness, Therapy Directory reveal the health benefits and inner workings of this complementary therapy.
With World Reflexology Awareness Week coming up towards the end of this month, Therapy Directory is keen to raise awareness of this fantastic complementary therapy. Looking at how the therapy works, and the benefits of reflexology – it is hoped that more people will turn to this technique.
What is reflexology?
Reflexology is a complementary therapy that involves applying pressure to certain areas of the feet, hands or even ears to encourage a self-healing effect on the body. The practice is based on the idea that certain areas of the feet correspond to different areas within the body; for example, on the reflexology chart the toes are linked to the head and sinuses.
Pressure and massage techniques are used to ease energy blockages and promote self-healing. Typically reflexology can be used in two ways:
1. As a form of relaxation and overall well-being, where the whole body is attended to within a session.
2. To treat a certain ailment, where affected areas of the body are focused on more than others during a session.
Benefits of reflexology
Reflexology is a holistic therapy and therefore treats the body as a whole. This means there is a range of health benefits to be gained, including the following:
Many issues such as headaches, fatigue and insomnia can be linked to stress – an issue everyone suffers with from time to time. Reflexology promotes relaxation and balance, allowing it to counteract the effects of stress and help the body ward off illness.
Many reflexologists look at the word disease as two separate words – ‘dis’ and ‘ease’, meaning a lack of ease and balance within the body. Reflexology helps to bring balance back to the body, allowing it to function at its full potential.
Good circulation within the body is key to our systems working well, as the blood flow carries nutrients to our cells and removes toxins. Reflexology helps to stimulate circulation to ensure it is flowing smoothly, helping to rejuvenate the body.
Helps strengthen immune system
By stimulating the body’s lymphatic system, reflexology helps the body rid itself of toxins and impurities. The therapy also promotes the production of endorphins, giving us an overall sense of well-being. Both of these factors help to strengthen the immune system for a stronger, healthier body.
Finding a reflexologist
As reflexology is currently unregulated, it can be hard to find practitioners who are adequately trained. Therapy Directory approved practitioners are only listed if they have relevant qualifications and insurance cover, or proof of registration with a professional body. Find out more about reflexology and find a qualified reflexologist by visiting Therapy Directory today.
- Association of Reflexologists (AoR) – Find out more about Reflexology Awareness Week from AoR, a non-profit making association that aims to provide support to professionally qualified practitioners.