Dr Anthony Weinert, a Michigan foot specialist and recognized authority as well as leading expert on foot health and wellness practicing in both Warren and Troy, Michigan talks about the benefits of reflexology.
You may be surprised to find out that by rubbing the right spot on your feet you can help reduce anxiety, assist in pain management, speed recovery after a surgery and address other health issues in the body such as digestive disturbances and headaches.
Reflexology is a very old practice that dates back to early Egyptian and Chinese cultures and civilizations. The first practitioner of reflexology in the United States was an ear, nose and throat specialist in 1913. It was then further refined by mapping the bottom of the feet and the palms of the hands during the 1930s and 40s by a physiotherapist, Eunice Ingham.
How It Works
Some practitioners of reflexology believe that the energy flow through the body, the Qi, can become blocked, leading to pain, discomfort and an unbalance in the body systems. This is very much in keeping with other alternative medicines from the East such as acupuncture and many forms of Chinese medicine. By massaging or pressing on specific reflex points on the feet they are able to unblock or relieve the pressure on specific organs, allowing natural healing.
What Reflexology Does
Your first reflexology visit will include meeting with the practitioner and talking about the health issues you have. Post-operative pain, chronic musculoskeletal pain, stress and anxiety, and problems with the feet themselves are all reasons why people seek help.
The practitioner will then ask you to lie down or sit down and you will typically be asked to soak your feet in a warm water bath, which is very relaxing. After drying your feet he or she may use their hands with or without lotions or even small balls or massage tools to gently manipulate the sole of your feet. They will pay particular attention to the locations of the feet that correspond with the symptoms you are experiencing.
Most people, even those that are ticklish, find reflexology very relaxing and many will even go to sleep during the session. Results may be felt by some immediately which can include less pain and better overall energy levels.
While reflexology is not a cure or any disease or condition, it can be very effective in speeding up recovery and complimenting Western medicine practices.
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