Reflexology 101

By Deborah Flanagan, Certified Reflexologist

Posted on | By Deborah Flanagan

Reflexology reduces stress (a major contributing factor to disease), enhances the body's ability to heal itself, and balances both body and soul. Research shows that a single reflexology session can create relaxation, reduce anxiety, diminish pain, improve blood flow and decrease high blood pressure.

Getting reflexology sessions can be a valuable addition to your wellness. But what exactly is reflexology and what are some self-help techniques you can try for yourself?

What is reflexology?
Reflexology is based on the idea that a map of the body is reflected on the hands and feet, and by applying alternating pressure to specific points on the hands and feet you can affect various organs and parts of the body. See interactive hand and foot reflexology maps here!

Reflexology balances the nervous system by stimulating the nerve endings of the feet, which connect with the spinal nerves and their corresponding organs. It works with the circulatory system, breaking up congestion and deposits in the feet, which in turn help detoxify the body.

Numerous studies have shown that reflexology is able to help:

  • Promote balance and normalization of the body’s functions
  • Reduce stress and bring about relaxation
  • Improve circulation and delivery of oxygen and nutrients to the cells throughout the body

There are two major factors that set reflexology apart from other therapies. The first is that it’s an all-encompassing treatment. All organs, glands and the skeletal system can be stimulated through the feet and hands. (In other words, it’s very efficient!)

The second is the personalized self-help reflex exercises that can be done at home between sessions. These exercises only take a minute or two a day, and the results are often impressive.

Article written by Deborah Flanagan
Certified Reflexologist