This week is World Reflexology Week
Reflexology is one of our most popular treatments and we have 3 highly experienced therapists at Cheshire Natural Health.
A question we are often asked is: What is Reflexology and what can it help with?
Reflexology is used to benefit both mental and physical wellbeing. At the very least, it’s an incredibly relaxing treatment – and that alone has countless benefits. However, there’s much more to Reflexology than me-time, valuable though that is:
- Aches and Pains: Reflexology is often used to help treat headaches and migraines, back ache and neck pain. It alleviates the tension in the muscles that can cause pain.
- Neurological Conditions: Reflexology can stimulate over 7,000 different nerve endings. With age, these nerve endings can lose sensitivity and Reflexology can help.
- Anxiety and Depression: The hormone Serotonin encourages a feeling of wellbeing and a lack of serotonin is linked to low mood and depression. Massage of the top of the toes can promote production of serotonin. Several glands are also involved in emotions and so stimulating the appropriate Reflexology points can be helpful. Reflexology is often used to alleviate anxiety and stress.
- Circulation: Reflexology can improve the body’s blood flow, and effective circulation enables the body to simply work better.
- Foot Health: Reflexology stimulates the muscles, eases ankle and heel pain and reduces stiffness.
- Insomnia: Reflexology undoubtedly aids relaxation as well as reducing stress. Many patients report a major improvement in their ability to sleep – and the quality of that sleep. This is huge. Tiredness and fatigue can be so debilitating, and also exacerbate low mood or anxiety. Better sleep is crucial to mental AND physical health and is also key to recovery from illness.
- PMS or Menopause: Many women are affected by their hormones and can be plagued by irritability, tummy pains, bloating, headaches, fatigue, insomnia and mood swings which can really be helped by massage. Reflexology helps reduce symptoms of the menopause, too.
- High Blood Pressure affects millions of people and contributes to kidney disease, strokes and heart disease. Reflexology has been found to have a positive effect on systolic blood pressure and triglyceride.
- Cancer Patients: Reflexology can help with the effects of gruelling treatments such as chemotherapy and radiotherapy. Massage can help patients sleep better, reduce nausea and vomiting and help the digestion – as well as all the benefits it has for mental wellbeing.
- Detox:Reflexology can help eliminate toxins from the body and improve bladder function.
Appointments are available most days and can be booked online here or by calling 01925 730123