Reflexology Relieves Daily Stress & Tension and Benefits of Walking on Pebbles

The foot is our interface with the ground, it is the structure through which all ground
reaction forces are transmitted, and its function often dictates how the superstructure responds. The most basic function of the foot is to efficiently transfer downward momentum into forward momentum, while adapting to different surfaces. Our feet negotiate all day with the ground below and resisting gravitational forces above.
mojo-walking-on-pebblesOur world has changed. In the last three or four generations we have covered our world in concrete. The purpose of the complex bony structure of the foot is to help us adapt to terrain changes and propel us through space. This changing environment has led to changes in how we use our feet.
Just as shoulder function is affected by sitting at a computer in slumped positions for long periods of time, our feet are affected by our sedentary lifestyles and the concrete jungle we live on.
The foot is naturally devided into Zone lines that correspond to our internal organs, to all the systems that make our body function harmoniously – such as digestive system, urinary system, reproductive system, lymphatic system, endocrine system, etc.
Reflexology is a simple and safe therapy that can be helpful to balance the blood supply, to allow deep relaxation, and to bring balance to the entire body by using pressure on the hands, face and feet. This pressure will affect the internal organs and glands by stimulating reflex points. Precise pressure works around the reflex points to break up the lactic acid and calcium crystals that tend to accumulate around these nerve endings, therefore allowing the energy to flow freely again in the body.
Summer is a wonderful time to start walking barefoot on the ground!
Of course, it is not like having a reflexology treatment done by a professional Foot Reflexologist, but the pressure from the pebbles feels really good, and is satsifying enough especially if we take our time and let the pebble pressure work deeper to make the effect last longer and benefit the spot where the pressure is happening.
Our body is mirrored in our feet.
What a feeling!

Reflexology massage science is very ancient, is one of the oldest healing arts

freska_lijecnika (kopija)Chinese records dating back 3,000 years document its use; the ancient Hindus, Egyptians and Persians applied forms of massage for many ailments; and Hippocrates wrote papers recommending the use of rubbing and friction for joint and circulatory problems.
Today, the benefits of massage are varied and far-reaching.
Did you know that the human foot and ankle contains 26 bones, 33 joints, more than 100 ligaments, muscles and tendons? The bones in both of your feet added together make up about 25 percent of all the bones in your body.
Our feet carry an incredible load everyday and yet are typically the least pampered parts of our bodies. Many cultures have practiced foot massages for years as an alternative to medicine in promoting good health and wellness.
And who doesn’t enjoy a good foot rub?
One can practice simple, daily techniques that not only feel great but also benefit your health in huge ways.

Massage can relieve the stresses and tension of everyday living

When many people think of reflexology, a soothing foot massage comes to mind. But reflexology is not the same as foot massage. A reflexologist, who administers this ancient art, may in fact give a therapeutic foot massage, but the purpose is more than making the feet feel better.
For those of you who aren’t familiar with reflexology, it’s an ancient form of non-invasive, non toxic, natural bodywork designed to bring the body into balance. It works to decrease tension and stress in the body. This healing practice is based on the principle that our organs and glands are all connected to specific pressure points on the locations within zones. (it might sound complicated, but it really isn’t )
It is possible to practice Reflexology of the feet yourself, though it may be enhanced by a certified practitioner.
As with many alternative therapies, there is a belief that “blockages” of our unique, vital “life energies” occur when the body is out of balance. Stimulation through reflexology increases circulation in the body, thus breaking through these blockages, and flushing out toxins and bringing our bodies back into balance.
3787361_origReflexology is administered using a concept call “body mapping.” Pressure is applied to specific areas on the feet, hands and ears. The theory behind reflexology is that these areas correspond to organs and systems of the body, and that pressing them has a beneficial effect on the organs and person’s general health.
 For example, reflexology holds that a specific spot in the arch of the foot corresponds to the bladder point. When a reflexology practitioner uses thumbs or fingers to apply appropriate pressure to this area, it affects bladder functioning.image_reflexology_chart
Although reflexology is not used to diagnose or cure health disorders, millions of people around the world use it to complement other treatments when addressing conditions like anxiety, asthma, cancer treatment, cardiovascular issues, diabetes, headaches, kidney function, PMS, and sinusitis, may reduce pain and psychological symptoms, such as anxiety and depression, and enhance relaxation and sleep.
Imagine now, combining the wisdom of this ancient art with the knowledge of essential oils. How powerful might it be if a Reflexologist applied an essential oil known to relieve congestion (Tea Tree or Myrtle) to the sinus reflex points of a client suffering from a sinus infection?
 What if a hormonal balancing oil (Clary Sage or Geranium) were applied to the reproductive reflex points of a client with PMS or Menstrual cramps?
Or, what if a digestive oil (Chamomile or Peppermint) were applied to the digestive reflex points of a client suffering from constipation? The possibilities are endless and the results are profound.
In aromatherapy we know that essential oils quickly pass through the skin and travel through the bodies’ entire circulatory system within 20 minutes.  This allows the therapeutic properties to be carried through the body wherever they are needed.  When pressure is applied to the reflexology point, the oil is driven directly into this location often bringing almost immediate relief of symptoms.
The possibilities and combinations are endless.
While reflexology is a highly safe healing practice, there are a few instances when it may not be a good idea.
These include:
• If you have any kind of foot fracture, wound or active gout.
• If you have vascular disease, please check with your doctor first. (a perfectly safe alternative would be reflexology using hands and ears)
• If you have any type of current thrombosis or free-floating blood clot.
• If you are within the first 6 weeks of pregnancy.
(Although there are many reflexology pressure points that can treat and alleviate common pregnancy ailments, there are some reflex points that, if pressed too hard, can induce labor)
• If you have had any other type of touch healing within 48 hours as there could be an overload on your system. (I.E. massage, chiropractic, acupuncture)

Self-healing right within our finger tips!

image_reflexology_self_practiceIf practicing at home, it helps to be in a quiet room, with dimmed lights and with a blanket over the foot you aren’t working on to keep warm.
Avoid drinking alcohol before, during and after giving yourself a reflexology treatment, as you may discover the treatment itself increases the effect of alcohol. Additionally, using alcohol in conjunction with reflexology may create more stress on the body’s organs as the body tries to process the reflexology treatment and metabolize the alcohol.
Reflexology is a complementary healing art, and not a substitute for professional medical treatment.
Always use warm oil for foot massages for ease and deep skin penetration.
You can also use a foot roller or tennis ball to roll back and forth on the soles of your feet as well as the top of the foot for a nice home massage while you’re watching your favorite TV show or listening to soft music.
Reflexology need not be an occasional therapy, with some research and practice you can develop your own self-care regimen.
It is yet another complementary, non toxic, painless, technique that brings us the ability to help our bodies heal themselves.
There are times when a medical issue warrants traditional medical treatment, there are other times when the medicine we need is right in our own hands. When we do require traditional medicine, studies show that reflexology can help us heal faster.
Next time you’re struggling with a headache, insomnia or some mild depression, instead of reaching for the pill bottle in the medicine cabinet, why not try applying a little reflexology on yourself?
You do have healthy choices!
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