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5 Benefits of Foot Reflexology

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Aides much more than sore feet at the end of day.  Can relieve nausea for starters.

Reflexology is an alternative medicine technique using no lotion or oils where specific pressure is applied to particular points on the feet or hands that can have therapeutic effects on other parts of the body.

This works because there are nerve ending (reflexes) that run through the feet and hands that are connected to different systems and organs within your body.  A foot massage can relieve the burdens of a long day but with precise pressure you can heal much more.  Learn more with the charts and methods below.

Try these methods that follow for more relief.  Share what worked for you.

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Pressing on these reflex points stimulates the nervous system and fuels energy pathways that may be congested. This, in turn, improves the functioning of the corresponding organ. … it helps restore your body’s natural healing balance and provides relief from pain and distressing psychological symptoms.

5 conditions that can be improved with reflexology:

1. Depression

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Depression can be one of two types: reactive or clinical. Reactive depression is caused by an external factor like a personal tragedy, while clinical depression is a result of erratic chemical and hormonal activity in your body.

For instance, low levels of serotonin can cause a bout of clinical depression. Serotonin, which promotes happiness, is released by neurons in the brain.

Massaging the tops of your toes, where the brain reflexes are located, enhances serotonin production. Repeat this exercise at least thrice in one sitting….

 

2. Nausea

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Reflexology can help subside symptoms of nausea.

Several cancer departments in hospitals and hospice centers across the globe offer reflexology as a therapeutic treatment to combat nausea in cancer patients.

Sixteen breast cancer patients who underwent four 40-minute sessions of foot reflexology daily for 24 days reported reduced nausea, vomiting and fatigue.

Massage the stomach and duodenum foot reflexes in a circular motion to subside the symptoms of nausea.

 

3. Osteoarthritis & Rheumatoid Arthritis

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Hand and foot reflexology helps relieve the painful symptoms of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis (RA), minimizes joint damage and reduces anxiety.

Osteoarthritis is an age-related disease characterized by joint pain, especially in the hands, knees, spine and hips. RA is an autoimmune disease characterized by joint inflammation, and long-term immobility and disability….

For either type of arthritis, reflexology will stimulate spine, knee, hip, upper arm, elbow, sacroiliac joint, ankles, neck and shoulder reflexes in your feet.

Also, for RA patients, stimulating the adrenal gland reflexes located below the ball of the foot as part of reflexology therapy is beneficial, as the adrenal gland secretes corticosteroid hormones that regulate immunity and inflammation.

For more Joint Pain Relief Remedies  (7 recipes) click here.

 

4. Hypertension/High Blood Pressure

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Hypertension affects 70 million adults in the U.S. and causes heart attacks, strokes, kidney disease and heart failure.

Reflexology will begin with relaxing your diaphragm reflex to relax your chest cavity and stimulate better breathing.

You can stimulate the solar plexus reflex to further promote relaxation, as well as the blood pressure-regulating thyroid and pituitary gland reflexes.

Then proceed to stimulating your adrenal reflexes, as the adrenal gland regulates the body’s circulatory system.

Finally, stimulate the organs directly causing hypertension –heart, liver, kidneys and lungs–followed by reflexes of organs like the eyes and brain that may be harmed by hypertension. …

 

5. Menstrual Cramps

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Women all over the world experience menstrual cramps that, often, only subside with medication.

Foot and hand reflexology proves a cheaper, more convenient and non-invasive alternative to medication for menstrual cramps.

Performing the thumb-walking technique on the ovary and uterus reflexes on the foot and the wrist tops will provide relief.

Massaging the pituitary, pineal, thyroid and parathyroid reflexes on the big toe and thumb also helps. The thymus and adrenal gland reflexes, as well as the fallopian tube reflexes, should be stimulated next.

Massaging the lower-back reflexes is beneficial to women who experience extreme lower back pain related to menstruation. …

For more depth try The Reflexology Manual: An Easy-to-Use Illustrated Guide to the Healing Zones of the Hands and Feet

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