Historians have found references to the practice of reflexology in materials created by the ancient Egyptians. That means that this type of massage—which assumes that each part of both feet is connected to other parts of the body and if manipulated will also have an impact on other body parts—has been practiced for thousands of years of human civilization. There must be something to it if humans have continued going back for more. Here are four health benefits of foot reflexology.
Improve immune response and circulation
Reflexology massage is thought to create an overall sense of relaxation throughout the body. This reduces the body’s inflammatory response and allows for the more efficient circulation of blood and lymph fluid all over your body. The more fluid circulating, the more efficiently these two major body processes are working therefore, improvement to immune response and circulation are two major health benefits of foot reflexology.
Nerve health benefits of foot reflexology
Experts contend that more than 7,000 nerve endings in your feet are manipulated in one reflexology session. Your nerves are the neural pathways of your body delivering messages to far away places from the brain. Your nervous system can get hung up and practitioners believe that reflexology massage is one way to open those communication channels for a healthier function of the nervous system.
Headaches be gone
Reflexology works by delivering pressure to identified points in the feet. Practitioners pinpoint a part of the inside of your big toe as being connected to the head. By adding pressure to this point for a specified period of time, they can deliver relief from migraines and headaches in the temporal lobes. If you regularly suffer from headaches and have searched everywhere for relief; what do you have to lose by trying one more thing that might really work?
Blood pressure impact with health benefits of reflexology
Your blood pressure is defined as the pressure on your blood vessels of the blood that’s circulating around your body. Too high can be dangerous. Too low can also be dangerous. Many people struggle to regulate their blood pressure and end up taking prescriptions medications to do it for them. Regular reflexology massages have been shown to help regulate blood pressure, specifically to lower systolic pressure in problematic patients as pressure is applied to a specific part of the solar plexus.