Reflexology or zone therapy is the practice of strategically applying pressure to areas of the feet and hands that correspond with specific body organs. By stimulating nerves on specific areas of the feet and hands, we can stimulate blood flow and eliminate toxin buildup in the corresponding organs and systems of the body.
As a holistic treatment, reflexology is used for a variety of ailments. Not only is it beneficial as a tool for relaxation and stress relief, but it is also an effective tool for improving circulation; relieving pain, and as an immune and nervous system stimulator.
In fact, many people with illnesses such as allergies; chronic sinus problems; acid reflux; migraines; PMS; menopause; insomnia; fertility problems and even arthritis have been helped tremendously by zone therapy treatments.
Children can benefit from this simple form of massage therapy in many ways as well. A few of the most common reasons for conventional medical treatment for children today are ear infections, constipation, colic and bed-wetting. Reflexology has been shown to dramatically improve these problems, and many more in children. In fact, research has actually shown that children with cerebral palsy who received this zone therapy actually had increased growth rate over the kids who did not receive therapy. The list goes on and on.
Far Eastern cultures have been using alternative treatments for thousands of years and still do so today. Even the most technically advanced countries such as China and Japan, appreciate the effectiveness and simplicity of natural medicine. So why not try a form of massage therapy that is effective, yet has no side affects?
Reflexology is fairly simple to perform and even simpler to incorporate into your daily routine. There are many online guides and diagrams that you can use which will show you where to apply this massage therapy and how it will improve your body's health. If you are really serious about learning the techniques, there are numerous online reflexology schools where you can take classes and learn in-depth techniques for more specific sicknesses and diseases.
Zone therapy is not only effective for self-healing, but has made it's mark as an effective detoxification procedure as well. And maybe most importantly in today's society, it is free, as you can do this form of therapy yourself. Of course, there are also professional reflexologists that you can consult.
Although this form of massage therapy is proven to be beneficial for a multitude of problems, your reflexologist cannot diagnose or claim to cure any diseases. They are not medically trained.
Zone therapy is meant to bring your body to a state of well-being. Only in this state is your body able to heal itself. If your body is full of toxins, your immune system is severely compromised, making you much more likely to succumb to sickness. And, unlike our current health care system, reflexology therapy is basically available to everyone!