Foot reflexology is not an ordinary foot massage. In fact this unique and beneficial type of massage was originated in China for as long as 2330 B.C. That's a long time, huh? However, based on evidence, this massage technique was also found in Egypt and India along the same time. However, the reflexology massage we know today was developed from a practice called "Zone Therapy". Foot reflexology works by connecting the bottom of your foot with the central nervous system. What it means here is there is a relationship between the foot, nervous system, the skin and the internal organs. Basically, they're all connected. When a pressure is applied the feet (at the reflexology point), it sends a calming and healing message from the peripheral nerves to the central nervous system, where the body will then adjust its tension level. This state of relaxation will bring the internal organs and the system a state of optimum functioning.
Benefits of Foot Reflexology to Your Body
Boost Energy Levels
When the internal organs in the body are functioning well, your body's metabolic rate automatically increases. A high metabolic rate keeps you from feeling exhausted and sluggish, and keep your energy up high!
Improve Blood Circulation
One of the main reason why many people go for a foot reflexology session is to improve their blood circulation. Most of us sit on our chair at the office all day, which actually decreases the blood circulation flow. When this habit is practiced for a very long time, blood circulation in the body can be affected. A better blood circulation means more oxygen reaches the internal organs, optimizing its function.
Foot reflexology has also been known as a non-invasive and natural pain killer. Many cancer patients opt for foot reflexology to reduce the pain of chemotherapy and radiotherapy. According to Livestrong.com, "When reflexology is applied to the feet, more endorphins are produced to block pain signals to the brain. Endorphins are painkillers that are stronger than morphine."
Improves Gut Health
If you're having indigestion issue, foot reflexology is a great way to try to solve this issue. However, you will need a consistency to do this regularly based on your doctor's advice. Foot reflexology brings balance to your gut when you face constipation problem. By putting pressure on the reflexology point, it stimulates intestine, colon and other corresponding reflexes that can get your gut to its normal state.
Remember earlier we discussed about how foot reflexology can gives you better blood circulation as it brings more oxygen to your brain? Well, when the brain gets enough oxygen, it gets healthy, thus the stronger memory!
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