Reflexology is a manual therapy that uses massage techniques and specific reflex points on the bottom of the foot in order to bring about healing in the respective organs of the pressure point. It is non-invasive and usually performed without lotions or oils. Reflexologists use a foot chart as a guide to the different pressure points of the foot and their correlative organs. When sensitivity or tenderness is experienced from pressure, it may indicate an imbalance or weakness in the body system. While primarily performed on the feet, it can also be done on the hands.
Massage therapists, physical therapists, and chiropractors can be counted among the many individuals that practice reflexology. Some health benefits associated with reflexology include full-body detoxification, a boosted immune system, and increased circulation. Practitioners claim that reflexology may be a treatment for a wide variety of ailments, such as headaches, sinus problems, stomach issues, and much more.
According to Cancer Research UK, there is no scientific basis for the idea that reflexology can cure or prevent diseases such as cancer. However, reflexology is a technique that can still be incorporated to any multi-faceted health plan. The Mayo Clinic has reported studies on reflexology used in treatments for individuals with cancer. Their studies, funded by the National Cancer Institute and National Institutes of Health, indicate that reflexology may promote relaxation, decrease anxiety, enhance sleep, and reduce physical pain. It has also been beneficial when studied in palliative care situations.
Reflexology should be performed by a licensed practitioner, and the treatment is usually 30 minutes in duration. If you are interested in experiencing reflexology for yourself, please contact Thrive Wellness by stopping in at 647 Wyoming Ave. Kingston or by calling 570-283-0111 to schedule you reflexology session today!
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