Foot reflexology is a profound healing modality, but it doesn’t always get the respect it deserves. I’ve heard people say that working ‘just’ the feet can’t do nearly as much as working the whole body. but in fact, it’s by focusing entirely on the feet in an intuitive, caring, and systematic way, that reflexology gains certain advantages over other healing practices. Read on and discover three unique benefits of foot reflexology.
It can improve the flexibility of the feet, which reduces pain and helps prevent injury.
Our feet are meant to be flexible. With their arches, tendons, and unique bones, they’re designed to twist, bend and compensate for the bumps and grooves of the earth. They adjust to the ground beneath and keep us supported as we take each step. But because modern living requires us to spend much of our lives walking in shoes on hard flat surfaces like pavement, our feet don’t bend and stretch as much as they need to. Over time, they lose much of their natural flexibility.
When our feet become inflexible and rigid, any bumpy surface we step on is no longer adjusted to by the feet. Instead, our ankles and knees have to compensate, moving in ways they weren’t designed to, which can cause pain and injury.
By massaging and stimulating the reflexes of the feet, reflexologists can do much to improve the flexibility of their clients’ feet and help reduce their chances of injury.
Foot reflexology encourages the body to return to a state of balance (Homeostasis)
There are reflexes located on the feet that correspond to every body part, organ and gland. To a reflexologist, the feet are a microcosm for the entire body.
During a session, practitioners press, ‘hook’ and activate each of these reflexes in a balanced and attentive manner. By doing so, they stimulate the entire body and encourage its systems back to a state of balance (homeostasis).
It is a unique way of sharing the power of touch.
Clearly, many healing modalities share the gift of touch. But foot reflexology offers two advantages that other practices don’t.
For one, because we tend to hide our feet for most of our lives, we often associate them with shame. To touch someone’s feet with a non-judgmental hand is to give them the gift of acceptance through touch.
Secondly, reflexology is incredibly non-invasive. Some people long for healing touch but are not comfortable being touched all over their bodies, removing clothing, or having their limbs manipulated. Reflexology provides an excellent option for people with such needs. It allows them to receive the healing benefits of touch without having to make themselves uncomfortable.
Reflexology is an accessible and powerful modality.
By focusing on the microcosm of the feet, foot reflexology can provide unique benefits to any client. It can be great for physical ailments such as knee, ankle and foot pain. It can stimulate the entire body without going beyond the feet, and it allows us to share touch with more sensitive individuals. Foot reflexology truly is an amazing gift that you can learn and shared with anyone interested.
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