Reflexology is based on a theory that refers to zones and divides the body into 5 zones on the right and 5 zones on the left, starting from the head and ending at the feet and fingers of the palm. For this reason, it is mainly applied by applying pressure to specific points on the soles of the feet and palms.
You have probably seen pictures where the whole body responds to the foot with the organs e.g., head, eyes, mouth, nose, throat, oesophagus, shoulders, neck, chest, back, lungs, stomach, duodenum, small and large intestine, heart, spleen, thymus, thyroid, pituitary, adrenal gland, adrenal gland, pancreas, testicles, uterus, fallopian tube, prostate, vas deferens, knees, legs, shoulder blade, etc.
The reason reflexology is mainly performed on the feet is that the surface area of the foot is larger than the hands, and the reflex points are more distinct. The effect of reflexology, whether applied to the hands or the feet, is the same, and the Reflexologist will choose where it is best to use it.
The hands and feet have the same points, meaning there are the same reflections that we can work on for each condition.
Various techniques, such as constant pressure, cyclic rubbing, and other combined pressure techniques, are made by multiple points. The pressure is as much as the receiver can take without causing severe pain.
We apply reflexology on the hands when we cannot do it on the feet for various reasons. However, it has the same results.
It is good to know that reflexology is one and is not divided into different types that you will very often have read about, e.g., Neuro Reflexology, Orthopedic Reflexology, and Maternity Reflexology. These are all references to subsectors of the method itself.
Reflexology helps the body activate homeostasis in all its functions. It can be applied to conditions in all systems, whether chronic diseases, transient, or an outbreak.
If someone is following a treatment, they can also receive reflexology without stopping their treatment. The Reflexologist is not the one who will be responsible for controlling a patient's treatment, as this is not their role.
In contrast, it has been observed that the treatment received is better transferred by improving circulation in the tissues and vessels. There are, of course, cases when our body, without any obvious indication, develops diseases. Reflexology can be applied in many cases, even if treatment is carried out in hospitals.
Some of the benefits of reflexology include
- Improvement of the circulatory system
- Relaxation of the body
- Elimination of toxins
- Stimulation of the central nervous system
- Acceleration of the body's recovery after injury or surgery
- Relief from sleep disorders
- Relief from pain
- Relief from pregnancy pains, and even restoration of the body after the baby's birth.
This treatment helps with problems that may occur in:
Musculoskeletal System e.g., neck, back, knees, etc.
Nervous System e.g., headaches, insomnia, anxiety, stress, autoimmunity (in autoimmunity, there is improvement in daily life and in the effects of the disease depending on the history, etc.)
Circulatory System e.g. palpitations, etc.
Digestive System e.g., indigestion, constipation, heartburn, bloating, oesophageal reflux, etc.
Reproductive System e.g., dysmenorrhea, amenorrhea, pregnancy, childbirth, puerperium, etc.
Urinary System e.g., urinary tract infection, incontinence, etc., and the Muscular System.
Reflexology is a method that can be taken by everyone at any age, from newborn children to the end of life and beyond. However, occasionally there may be times when it should not be applied. The best thing to do is to call your Reflexologist and ask.
There are no contraindications or problems, even if you are on some medication that you may be taking. Since all humans have an immune system, each at its own rate of function, it can raise its action levels. Many people apply the method for prevention or as a form of treatment for their health problems. Even if they have tried other forms of treatment, they find great results from this method, as the whole body is worked with greater depth in the affected organ or point.
Reflexology is an entirely natural method. Reflexology is not a massage and does not replace medical treatment.
Reflexology is a unique method adapted to the whole human body and helps the body restore its health naturally. Usually, after the session, the tension is reduced, and the recipients are imbued with a sense of relaxation. Some of the initial elements you may notice an improvement in are: improvement in sleep, your general mood, relaxation of the whole body, and your energy, as well as an initial improvement of the affected area. It should be noted that other aspects are also improved in the human organism, but these are the elements that are mainly observed.
As paradoxical as it may seem, our feet are indeed the mirror of our body, as some signs present at specific points say something for reflexologists. For example, calluses, striations, and color in the feet map information that reflexologists can add to their treatment.
The patient may feel pain during the session, but there is no illness. This indicates a sensitivity that has not manifested organically, and it is possible that it will not.
Reflexology on the hands is not applied as often as to the feet. However, reflexology on the arms is the first choice for a reflexologist to use when reflexology on the legs cannot be performed, especially when there is an exacerbation of pain.
Pressures in reflexology on the arms are applied similarly to reflexology on the legs. That is, there are the same points of our body in both hands and feet.
Headaches and migraines are a condition that creates a great deal of uncertainty in people's daily lives as they occur unexpectedly. The reason may be hormonal, nervous, or may suggest further tests. In this case, the method can also be applied without any side effects or prohibition of any other treatment you are using. Reflexology delivers relaxation to the receiver and gradually reduces the intensity and duration of pain until, in many cases, it is eliminated.
The various aches and pains that someone may have in their body essentially indicate that something is not working properly. Pain is not a punishment from our bodies but an opportunity to change our actions. The pain in our neck can be triggered by many causes. The most common ones are straightening, hernia, a cold, poor sleeping, or working posture. We can apply reflexology for any form of pain, thus reducing the use of anti-inflammatory substances and analgesics.
Our digestive system is the most common recipient of stress, which directly affects its function and is expressed with diseases in various organs, such as esophageal reflux, heartburn, bloating, constipation, and irritable bowel. The way we eat and the food we consume when we don't have time make it difficult to digest.
Stomach problems, such as ulcers and gastritis, are common in our country. Reflexology is a natural, drug-free method that improves digestion and reduces cortisol and adrenaline secretion levels through the relaxation it offers. Simultaneously with pressure on various points on our foot, such as the esophagus, stomach, duodenum, colon, and pancreas, they improve the functioning of the entire digestive system.
The same applies to back pain. Using similar special pressure techniques, we can apply the method when there is a problem in our back. Back pains, as strange as it may sound, may indicate a problem in the neck, knee, or even the hip. The pain can be eliminated or even reduced with the corresponding reflexology reflection points and combined techniques.
We can all press the corresponding points, but we cannot apply the techniques that a reflexologist can. This proves the natural aspect of the method and the concept that it cannot cause any health issues.
Maternity reflexology is a method that can be applied and can help couples at all stages of becoming parents.
It can assist conception naturally either if problems have been identified or if there is unexplained infertility. It is also used to treat pregnancy symptoms, and, finally, the method can be applied at the time of labor during the 1st stage.
Reflexology in maternity can be beneficial in conception by artificial insemination. It can be applied to the man and the woman when preparing the body for assisted reproduction. In conception, the natural method of reflexology is used before ovulation and before and after embryo transfer.
If there has been a conception that is progressing, in order to reduce the symptoms and for the woman to enjoy the changes in her body without having difficulty in her daily functions, we apply the method to reduce symptoms such as nausea, morning sickness, esophageal reflux, constipation, back pain, etc.
It has been proven after research in hospitals that reflexology during labor can reduce the intensity of the pain of labor by giving the woman a feeling of relaxation that can even reach a stage of satisfaction.