Reflexology is a 4000-year-old healing art that uses stimulation of reflex points and massage techniques on the feet and hands.
Modern reflexology is based on the principal that the reflexologist’s application of painless pressure applied to feet or hands sends calming messages from the peripheral nerves to the central nervous system, which then signals the body to adjust the tension level.
There are 7000 nerve endings in the feet and when stimulated they help bring internal organs and their systems into a state of optimal functioning, increased blood flow, lymph supply and nerve supply throughout the body.
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Recent research by Dr Carol Samuel, a trained reflexologist from University of Portsmouth UK found that people felt about 40 per cent less pain, and were able to stand pain for about 45 per cent longer, when they used reflexology as a method of pain relief.
Reflexology is deeply relaxing and releases stress, pain and tension from the body. It is commonly used to treat anxiety and increases blood flow to the extremities, helps slow down heart rate and decrease blood pressure.
A reflexology treatment feels wonderful in the hands of a professional reflexologist. Sufferers of peripheral neuropathy experience intense pain, pins and needles, burning and tingling in their feet and hands and may also have problems with co-ordination and balance.
- Visit redlandreflexologists.com.au.