Benefits of Reflexology


The primary benefit of reflexology is its ability to reduce stress and tension. All other benefits are derived from this profound relaxation that reflexology creates.

When the physical body relaxes blood flow is facilitated so that all of the cells of the body experience improved blood flow. In simple terms, the blood provides nourishment and oxygen to the cells. It also cleanses the cells of accumulated toxins and carbon dioxide. Improved blood flow improves the health of the cells and therefore of the organs and parts of the body that the cells form.

From this you can appreciate that this profound relaxation improves the overall functioning of the whole body, bringing about a cleansing and revitalization.

This relaxation is also very effective in relieving pain. The modern western history of reflexology commenced in 1917 with William Fitzgerald, MD - the head of the Eye, Ear and Throat Department of St. Francis Hospital in Hartford, Connecticut. Dr. Fitzgerald promoted Zone Therapy (his name for modern reflexology) to the medical community as a natural method of anesthesia and analgesia (pain killer). At the time there was not an effective method of anesthesia available to the medical community. When making a presentation Dr. Fitzgerald would demonstrate the effectiveness of reflexology as an anesthetic to his medical colleagues. In recent times, very little research has been conducted to explore the value of reflexology as an anesthetic. But I digress a little.

In the present, reflexology is frequently found to be very effective in relieving pain. That includes pain from headaches, including migraines, pain from injuries, muscular pain, pain from stress such as neck pain or back pain and pain from various health challenges such as fibromyalgia.

Similarly, reflexology has been found to be effective in its ability to alleviate the symptoms of illness. Headaches, body aches, nausea, vomiting, seizures, fevers, ticks, etc. are all observed to diminish with the application of reflexology. In particular, cancer patients suffering from the side effects of radiation and chemotherapy experience a significant reduction of those side effects. Also, pregnant women suffering from morning sickness or back pains report reductions of these uncomfortable conditions. In general, reflexology is gaining a reputation for improving the quality of life for people suffering from all of the above.

However, you do not need to be sick or suffering to benefit from reflexology as many spas that now offer it will attest. The profound relaxation that reflexology provides is sometimes preferred by some people to a whole body massage. Reflexology not only relaxes the muscles of the body, but, also relaxes the nerves, glands and organs - every part of the whole body. For this reason many people regard it as an effective method of preventing disease and promoting their wellness and vitality.

The above provides you with a brief synopsis of the benefits of reflexology. Two of the most significant qualities of reflexology are that it is completely safe and that it is very easy to learn.

Reflexology, applied with common sense, will do no harm. The most harm that it will produce is by not being effective. This will be true for some people in some circumstances. Why this is so is not understood. However, it is often found to be effective for very sceptical people, so, we doubt that the power of suggestion is a determining factor. Secondly, reflexology applied to people who are receiving active medical care might produce a false reflection of their symptoms to the medical practitioners - which can lead to some problems.  However, the bottom line is that aside from the above considerations reflexology is completely safe - in and of itself it will do no harm.