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What is Reflexology and Why We Recommend It

Updated: Mar 29, 2023

Reflexology is a natural healing technique that involves applying pressure to specific parts of the body in order to relax and stimulate the nerves so that your body can heal itself. If you’re unfamiliar with the term, you might not know what it means but you may have heard of it or seen illustrations related to it without knowing exactly what it is. Almost everyone has some form of reflexes throughout their bodies and through this, reflexology can be used to help treat a number of different conditions. Let’s take a look at what reflexology is, its benefits and how you can implement this into your daily routine.

What is Reflexology?

Reflexology is the art of applying pressure to certain parts of the body in order to stimulate and relax the nerves in the area. This can be used to treat a wide variety of conditions including stress, depression, anxiety and many more. The foot is the most common part of the body to receive a reflexology treatment and within the foot, there are a number of “reflex areas”. These areas are commonly found in the soles of the feet, between the toes and along the instep. Each of these reflex areas can be used to help treat different conditions, different parts of the body and different levels of stress and relaxation.

How Reflexology Works?

The nerves in your body are made up of two parts: “barrels”, which are responsible for transmitting information throughout your body and “wires”, which are responsible for receiving that information. What happens is that when you apply pressure to a reflex point, the nerves in the area are hit with a “flow” of energy which causes them to relax. This means that the “barrels” in the nerves are no longer receiving the same amount of information and so they are not as anxious or stressed. This helps to calm your mind, relieve stress, improve your mood and keep you healthy.

Why We Recommend at Fordham-Rees Podiatry Reflexology?

Reflexology has been used for thousands of years to treat a range of conditions including stress and anxiety, high blood pressure, joint pain and more. It has been proven to be an effective treatment method for a number of these issues and so is a great addition to your daily routine. There are also a number of other benefits when it comes to reflexology. These include: - Relieving Stress - The process of relaxing the nerves in your foot and forcing them to receive less information means that your mind is less anxious and stressed. This can help to improve your mood, relieve stress and keep you more calm and focused. - Healing Wounds - When you’re stressed or anxious, it can be hard to heal wounds as the nerves in your foot are constantly sending signals to your mind about the wound’s presence. This also means that they’re not receiving the full amount of power they need to heal properly. - Improving Joint Health - When you have joint pain, it can be hard to focus on your body’s needs due to the stresses and anxieties that come with it. This process of relaxing your nerves can help to improve your joint health and reduce joint pain.


These are a few common questions that are often asked about reflexology: - What does reflexology treat?

  • Reflexology can be used to treat a number of different issues including joint pain, stress, anxiety and more. These are just a few of the conditions that reflexology can help with.

How long does a treatment take?

  • A reflexology treatment can take around 30 minutes to complete.

Does one need to be a reflexologist to practice reflexology?

  • We recommend only having reflexology with a fully trained professional

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As you can see, reflexology is a great way to treat a number of issues and improve your health. It’s a natural and easy way to relax and relieve stress, while also healing wounds and improving joint health. If you’re looking for a great addition to your daily routine or you’re looking to try out a new treatment method, reflexology is worth considering. It’s gentle, effective and backed by thousands of years of natural healing.

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