Reflexology (or foot reflexology) is a therapy based on the principle that there are small and specific areas of innervation in the hands and feet that correspond to specific muscle groups or organs of the body. In this system, the nerve endings in the extremities provide a “map” of the rest of the body. Examples are the base of the little toe representing the ear, or the ball of the foot representing the lung. Through the application of pressure on particular areas of the hands or feet, reflexology is said to promote benefits such as the relaxation of tension, improvement of circulation, and support of normalized function in the related area in the body.
The human foot is an evolutionary marvel, capable of handling hundreds of tons of force and your weight in motion. It has 42 muscles, 26 bones, 33 joints, 250,000 sweat glands, and at least 50 ligaments and tendons. In particular, the feet have almost 15,000 nerve endings.
So, in reflexology pressure is applied to these reflexes on the feet, which promotes good health. Here are some health benefits of foot massage and reflexology:
- Improves blood circulation
- Fights depression
- Helps in relaxation
- Promote better sleep
- Relieves body pains
It is best to seek consultation and services from a professional therapist so that this therapy is given with proper technique. Though reflexology is safe for all individuals but special care must be taken with people who are already suffering from any health-related issues. It would be best to see your doctor and consult him if reflexology is a good option for you or not.