Studies Show 4 Key Reflexology Benefits
Reflexology is an alternative therapy that you might also know as zone therapy or “zoning”. It involves the application of pressure to certain areas in the body that reflect or connect to another part of the body. There is some evidence that zoning has been practiced in China for over 4,000 years as well as Egypt and other Eastern countries. Studies Show 4 Key Reflexology Benefits on the organs, relaxation and even pain management.
One of the main areas in the body that have a complete map of reflex zones is the feet. Other areas include the hands, ears, spine and the scalp. Thee feet have over 7,200 nerve endings on each foot making it an amazing place to use foot zoning. Our nerves and therefore or entire neurological system is connected giving some amazing insight to how foot zoning actually works.
In more recent years reflexology has become more aware in the mainstream health and wellness arena. In 2008 over a 168 research studies and abstracts from journals and meetings from around the world were studied to give validity to this ancient science. Many of these studies originated in peer-reviewed journals in China and Korea. All of the studies had information about the frequency and duration of the reflexology application.
Here are 4 key Reflexology Benefits
- Have an impact on specific organs (e.g., fMRI readings demonstrated an increase in blood flow to kidneys and to the intestines)
- Be associated with an amelioration of symptoms (e.g., positive changes were noted in kidney functioning with kidney dialysis patients)
- Create a relaxation effect (e.g., EEGs measure alpha and theta waves, blood pressure was decreased, and anxiety was lowered)
- Aid in pain reduction (27 studies demonstrated a positive outcome for reduction in pain; e.g., AIDS, chest pain, peripheral neuropathy of diabetes mellitus, kidney stones, and osteoarthritis)
Using essential oils along with reflexology zones and pressure points becomes an amazing cohesive alternative therapy focusing on the individual as a whole. Essential oils, when pure and potent offer compound and multiple benefits to the body. Below is a wonderful chart to use when looking at what essential oils support and give aid to certain parts of the body. The body is an amazing machine-treat it as such!