Modern day reflexology is based on an ancient form of therapy, now used worldwide.
The therapy is based on zones in the hands and feet that are connected to all the major organs in our body. By applying pressure to these areas many people have found a variety of benefits. Forms of foot and hand therapy have been practiced in China and Egypt for thousands of years . Evidence shows reflexology dates back as long ago as 4,000 B.C. It is even said to be documented on the walls of some ancient Egyptian tombs.
Researched Benefits Of Reflexology
- Pain relief- Studies showed a reduced need and quantity of pain medication for those suffering with AIDS, Cancer, migraines, and post-surgery patients.
- Reduced stress, anxiety, & depression
- Increased blood flow to the specific organs targeted
- Improve fine motor skills in patients with brain damage
- PMS Relief
- Reduction of pain, nausea, diarrhea or constipation, and improved quality of life for Cancer patients.
How it works: It’s Simple!
- Use the chart to find the spot on your hand that correlates with the area in need of relief.
- Using your thumb apply pressure directly to the area. You can use circular motions while applying pressure. Feel free to use a massage oil, but it is not necessary.
- Continue applying pressure for 30 seconds to 1 minute, then you can move along to the next problem area.
- Or if you just want to focus on one spot, release pressure for 5 seconds and re-apply.
- Repeat as often as you like, after one week of practice results should become more and more noticeable.
***Remember this is a general guide for informational purposes only. If you would like to receive full benefits from this treatment we recommend consulting a professional reflexology therapist in your area.***
The Effects of Hand Reflexology on Functional Fine Motor Skills in Adults With Brain Injury
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Disclaimer: These resources are for informational purposes. The materials contained here are not intended to be used for the diagnosis or treatment of a health problem or as a substitute for consulting a licensed medical professional. Health information should always be carefully reviewed with your health care provider.