Massage feet, you’ll be healthier
Headaches, upper respiratory tract infections, insomnia – elimination of such ailments is promised by reflexology
Reflexology is a therapeutic foot massage. There are points and areas associated with individual organs. If one is ailing, it is simply enough to respectively oppress certain places on the soles, back or edge of the foot for the well-being to improve.
At the beginning of the twentieth century, an American otolaryngologist William Fitzgerald studied old records of healers from Japan, China and Egypt, and described the ten channels through which energy flows through the body from the head to the hands and feet. He said that by oppressing selected places on the feet one can get rid of e.g. headache. Today, reflexologists or specialists on therapeutic foot massage know that on the feet, hands and face there are the nerve endings called receptors, which correspond with the particular organs and they are connected to them by channels described by Fitzgerald. Receptor stimulation on the foot causes a release of energy, which stimulates the sick organ to self-medication.
From fingers to the heels
Foot massage can be done by yourself, you can also ask someone from your family or friends to do this, but the best choice is to leave it at hands of a specialist. Before starting treatment, the therapist should get to know the patient’s health history. If you suffer from a chronic illness, you should ask your doctor whether you can take advantage of the reflexotherapy. We should also inform the therapist about these diseases, because reflexology can sometimes interfere with the absorption of drugs.
The treatment should be done in silence and concentration, but it may also be accompanied by relaxing music. It may be preceded for example by the lasting about about fifteen minutes, massage feet in a water with essential oils.
During the actual treatment, the patient is laid on the couch and reflex therapist takes his feet in hands, first right, then left. Because even organs (e.g. kidneys) have their receptors on both feet, you need to massage both legs to get a positive response of the body.
The massage begins with the fingertips, then the next parts of the foot are oppressed. Initially, the treatment is very pleasant, and then the pressure gets a little stronger. When the therapist hits the point corresponding to the sick organ – we feel pain, sometimes severe and unpleasant. The therapist must properly massage this point: in the right direction and with the right force. It can opppress the foot with fingers or knead it with hand clenched in a fist. After the usual 30-minutes long therapeutic massage, there comes a time to relax, so gentle massage with fingertips. At the end, the therapist usually rubs the feet with oil, e.g. from tea tree.
According to reflex therapists, after the first massages the body is purified of toxins and wants to get rid of them as soon as possible with urine. The reaction to the massage can be stimulation, but also drowsiness. In case of ordinary headache, the relief can be felt immediately, but usually one needs 12-14 treatments for headaches to stop. Reflexology should be performed maximally three times a week. This method is a good complement to conventional therapy. Therapeutic acupressure massages can be used even in case of small children, but remember that massage is sometimes unpleasant and can cause pain – not every child can stand it.
When to apply reflexotherapy
Indications: back pain, sinus disorders, headaches, migraines, insomnia, metabolic problems, indigestion, heartburn, upper respiratory tract infections, gynecological diseases, hypersensitive bowel, bladder infections, eczema.
Contraindications: varicose veins, osteoporosis, diabetes, infectious diseases, advanced mycosis and foot ulcers, acute and chronic infections with high fever.