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The human body has the innate ability to heal itself.  Reflexology is a kind of natural therapy that helps stimulate these self-healing properties, so that the individual can be treated physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually.

Since it is non-invasive and natural, there are no side effects that can harm the person being healed.

Treatment using reflexology helps a patient heal his symptoms and provide stress relief too, which could be very relaxing.

Therapy is done by massaging or squeezing specific parts of the feet, hands or ears to trigger the beneficial effects of these pressure points on other parts of the body.

An Overview of Reflexology

The concept behind reflexology is that areas on the feet have corresponding effects on other body parts if these feet parts are manipulated properly.

Reflexology relieves stress and tension in the body through the gentle pressures applied on the hands and feet. Reflex areas are associated with all other parts of the body, even the major organs.

Put some pressure on certain points or reflex areas and you affect the internal organs and other body systems to promote overall health.

How Reflexology Works

Reflexology Chart

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In reflexology, where there are two organs like the lungs and kidneys, the two feet represent them.

Single organs on the other hand, are represented by one foot – the right foot for the liver and the left for the heart.

The right foot is representative of the past and all body parts on the right side of the body.

The left foot represents the present and future, as well as the whole left side of the body.

This therapy uses no drugs or any kind of medication and only creates physiological changes in the body by helping to promote that circulation.

This reduces the tension in the body and results to relaxation.

Pressure is placed on specific areas to achieve this. One foot is believed to have more than 7,000 nerve endings that can be used for the therapy.

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Reflexology Benefits

One of the benefits of reflexology is that it cleanses the body and lets natural energy flow in. Through this natural therapy the bodies can remove the unhealthy blockages that are often the culprits for back pains, migraine, headache, sleeping disorders.

Even arthritis patients find relief from reflexology, as well as those athletes who had sports injuries. Treatment benefits the circulatory, digestive, and respiratory systems.

Short and long term benefits are countless. The short term benefits one gets from being relaxed due to the treatment can help him deal and cope with so many of life’s struggles that may affect his health.

Reflexology helps treat:

  • Allergies
  • Headaches
  • Migraines
  • Stomach problems
  • Arthritis
  • Infertility
  • Depression
  • PMS
  • Constipation
  • Neck and back pains
  • Cancer
  • Tension
  • Stress

Approximately 75 percent of all illnesses are stress-related.

Those who are consistently stressed out for prolonged periods of time are likely to develop a lot of physical illnesses over time.

There are no formal qualifications necessary to perform reflexology on yourself or your family.

There are techniques that can easily be learned and used at home to keep the family members healthy and free from illness.

Click to get our free mini-course on the Healing Art of Reflexology.

Reflexology is a fast-growing career choice for the health-minded, and is a therapy that goes well with many other natural and mainstream therapies such as aromatherapy, color/crystal therapy, nursing, physical therapy, and massage therapy.


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Dee Braun
Dee is an Adv. Certified Aromatherapist, Reiki Master, Adv. Color/Crystal Therapist, Herbalist, Dr. of Reflexology and single mom who is dedicated to helping others any way she can.

One way she chooses to help is by offering information on the benefits and uses of natural health and healing methods for the well-being of both people and pets.