What Does Reflexology Mean?
Reflexology is a method of massage therapy that promotes healing and beneficial changes in the body of a patient by applying pressure on the reflex zone(s) using thumbs, fingers and hand techniques. This method of working on the reflexes of the hands and feet, is capable of improving health, relaxing the body and reducing pain.
The history of reflexology dates back centuries ago in ancient Egypt. Evidence of use of this form of alternative medicine during this time is shown by wall paintings of on the tombstones of physicians. These murals represent a therapy in the treatment of patients with their hands and feet. There is also evidence of the use of reflexology in other countries like Japan, Russia, Ancient Greece, China and India. But, reflexology, was not popular before the modern reflexology techniques were developed and added as part of care and well-being of the public regularly.
Reflexology deals with the reflex points of the hands and feet of the patient. It is believed that these reflex areas, have an important role in the liberalization of energy routes that connects all around the patient's body. Energy pathways that have been blocked may ultimately result in an imbalance in the energies of the human body, this weakens the immune system and makes it susceptible to various diseases and pain. The healing process and maintaining the health of the patient by targeting areas of reflex is achieved through a variety of finger, thumb and hand pressure techniques applied with various pressures depending on the needs and preferences of the patient. This process will give you good circulation and promote body and muscular functions by stimulating and applying pressure on the correct areas of the hands and feet.
Reflex points can be found on reflexology charts, which reflects the body as a representation, divided into two parts based on which hands and feet, the massage therapist is manipulating. When the massage therapist is massaging the right hand and foot, the right side of the body will receive treatment, and when the left hand and the foot is worked by the therapist, the left half of the body receives the benefits.
Numerous studies and surveys demonstrate how beneficial and effective reflexology is. Most of these cases involve patients with different types of disorders. These benefits are shown in booth the physical and mental health of patients. After regular reflexology sessions, patients experience a significant improvement in their physical health such as the release of muscular tension that creates the relaxation of the body, reduced pain in the targeted areas, increased immunity and quick recovery from injury or trauma. Reflexology also helps the patient recover emotionally through stimulation of the nervous system that improves and manipulates the mental health of the patient.
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