The word Reflexology tends to conjure visions of getting a foot rub or foot massage.
Reflexology Benefits are many, “Relaxed,” “pampered” and even “stress relief” are words I’ve heard people use when describing what Reflexology therapy means to them. When someone hears I am a Reflexologist and instructor they often comment on how lucky I am to receive Reflexology whenever I want to.
While I understand these sentiments, it is so sad that many people feel they do not have the same opportunity available to receive a reflexology session.
Reflexology therapy has a long history. In this country, there have been thousands of studies on a wide variety of people – athletes, entertainers, political leaders, business and corporate executives, employees in the government and private sector, the elderly, and even premature infants.
Recent research from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, also found that reflexology therapy promotes a healthy immune system by causing a decrease in some immune-suppressing hormones and proteins.
The benefits of reflexology have been proven time and again. Reflexology therapy reduces stress and relieves pain through the hormones it releases (cortisol in particular), which damages the human body in so many ways.
It increases circulation that helps get nutrients and oxygen by way of the nerve endings that helps to remove toxins from the muscular system. Reflexology also decreases inflammation while improving mobility and flexibility.
I believe that if people researched the proven benefits of reflexology therapy for conditions like arthritis, hypertension, depression, back pain, and many others, they would see reflexology as a valuable healing tool in achieving optimum health and wellness that is needed to stay healthy, mobile and well throughout the aging process.
Njideka Olatunde is the visionary behind Focus On Healing Wellness Institute who has taught thousands of health care and non healthcare practitioners Reflexology therapy to use personally and professionally in relieving pain. Her mission is to introduce Reflexology therapy as an effective emergency first aid tool for family wellness to prevent illness, reduce stress, relieve pain, recover from injury and maintain health.