There are a number of therapies available for all, and one of which is reflexology. This is often referred to as an alternative medicine, selected by many who want an option other than traditional medicine. Just what makes this form of therapy clicks? In the simplest sense, this is the application of pressure, stretching and the movement of the person’s feet and hands which in turn will trigger and connect to the many glands and parts of the body.
In the perspective of the practitioners of reflexology, they see the hands and the feet as representations for the many body parts and glands. Simply put, for them the feet and the hands are the mirror images for the body glands and organs. And what connects the organs to the hands and the feet are the zones and the reflexes.
Here’s how reflexology works. The moment the reflexes are stimulated, the electrical energy of the body will work in complement with the nervous system and this will in effect clear any hurdles on the zones. So you can expect that for every reflexology session, possible blockages in the zones are broken down, so the person gets to restore the natural flow of the energy in the body.
The moment some of these reflexes are addressed and manipulated, then stress is removed and in the process the parasympathetic response in the person’s body is activated that in turn releases in the imbalances in the person’s body. And the moment the stress is removed and that the circulation of the energy has been restored to its normal level, then the person who is subjected to reflexology returns to that stage called homeostasis. In the practice of reflexology and medicine, homeostasis is that automatic process in which the body of the person reverts back to that normal stage.
So where exactly is the pressure applied in the body of the person?
In reflexology, the focus is on the feet and the hands. Pressure is applied to these two body parts in order to bring relaxation and health to the person. But there is one segment in this practice that also calls for reflexology on the ear. This kind of practice is believed by practitioners as not part of traditional reflexology. For them, this is just modified from auricular therapy which is more related to acupuncture.
So what can be expected from reflexology?
As mentioned, this is all about the reduction of stress. This is often the go-to procedure that is looking for an immediate relief from stress and aches of the body. On the assertion that reflexology can also help arrest and counter some health conditions and illnesses, it is believed that the effects are not clear. There are still some studies and verifications that need to be done in order to establish the efficacy of reflexology in addressing diseases and other health concerns.
What is clear is that this form of procedure should not be used as an answer; rather this should be used just as a complement to traditional medical care.