- Reduces stress – Reflexology helps us to better process and cope with stress in the body through the relaxation response. Stress is thought to be at the root of a number of health conditions including asthma, migraines, cancer, and diabetes. As part of a wellness plan, Reflexology is a powerful tool for decompressing and hitting the “reset” button.
- Improves sleep – a series of Reflexology treatments can help some folks find more quality sleep. In my practice I see a lot of shift workers, nurses and nightshift security workers, seeking to improve their sleep patterns.
- Pain management – Reflexology has the ability to change our perception of pain, and in some cases may be as effective as a pharmaceutical pain killer. Research on Reflexology supports the use of this therapy with back pain, phantom limb pain, and other acute and chronic pain conditions.
- Improves circulation – research shows that Reflexology improves blood and lymph circulation in the body; improving these two functions helps to bring nutrients and oxygen, reduce inflammation, and remove waste.
- Balancing hormones – studies have been conducted on hormone balancing with Reflexology showing benefits with premenstrual syndrome (PMS), menopause, infertility, pregnancy, and irregular menstrual cycles.
How long will it take for my symptoms to improve?
Every body responds differently to Reflexology and there is not a one-size-fits-all approach with this modality. As a general rule of thumb the longer, or more chronic, a health complaint has existed the more sessions it will take for the body to respond. If you’ve had a decade of poor sleeping patterns you may not experience an improvement in sleep right away.
Reflexology treatments have cumulative effects in the body and thus a series of weekly sessions is generally recommended to start. One guideline is to receive weekly Reflexology treatments for six weeks and then space out to once a month (every four weeks).
How will I feel after a Reflexology treatment?
Because of the relaxation effect your body may be in ‘rest and repair’ mode for 24-48 hours after a session. Symptoms such as an increase in thirst, more frequent bowel movements, and feeling tired or energetic are all part of this process. Staying hydrated and well nourished are thought to be important players in this ‘rest and repair’ stage. As the body attempts to return to a state of balance it wants to ‘take out the trash’ so you may notice an increase in nasal or vaginal discharges, or bowel movements may become loose and frequent, some report flu-like symptoms following a treatment, or feeling weepy and emotional. Again, not everyone will experience one or all of these symptoms and some people will not even realize the healing that is going on behind the scenes.