What is reflexology?
Reflexology is a type of massage that involves applying different amounts of pressure to the feet, hands, and ears. It’s based on a theory that these body parts are connected to certain organs and body systems. People who practice this technique are called reflexologists.
Reflexologists believe that applying pressure to these parts offers a range of health benefits.
Read on to learn more about how reflexology works and whether it’s worth a try.
Natalie Tiernan MAR (Reflexology)
What are the potential benefits of reflexology?
Reflexology is linked to many potential benefits, but only a few of them have been evaluated in scientific studies.
So far, there’s limited evidence that reflexology may help to:
• reduce stress and anxiety
• reduce pain
• lift mood
• improve general well-being
In addition, people have reported that reflexology helped them:
• boost their immune system
• fight cancer
• get over colds and bacterial infections
Is reflexology safe to try?
Generally, reflexology is very safe, even for people living with serious health conditions. It’s non-invasive and comfortable to receive, so it may be worth trying if it’s something you’re interested in.
However, you should talk to your doctor first if you have any of the following health issues:
• circulatory problems in the feet
• blood clots or inflammation of your leg veins
• foot ulcers
• fungal infections, like athlete’s foot
• open wounds on your hands or feet
• thyroid problems
• a low platelet count or other blood problems, which can make you bruise and bleed more easily
You may still be able to try reflexology if you have any of these issues, but you might need to take a few precautions to avoid any adverse effects.