Foot Reflexology is a treatment many immensely enjoy, which has proven benefits. It has been used for thousands of years and the ancient Chinese and Egyptians have documented practices as treatment for various afflictions. The most immediate experience is one of deep relaxation and peace. The massaging of parts of the feet with essential oils, such as lavender, which is deeply relaxing, stimulates the spinal, endocrine, muscular, respiratory, digestive, urinary and lymph systems of the body. As the client lies back, feet up, in a comfortable chair, all concerns melt away as the soothing sensations and aromas calm the body and mind for forty five minutes. Following is a description of the benefits: Nerve Function As our bodies age our nerve endings become less sensitive in parts of our body, mostly in our extremities. Reflexology stimulates more than 7,000 different nervous endings in a single session, increasing their reactivity and functioning. As a session opens and clears out neural pathways it helps improve functionality and flexibility in many body parts. Neural pathways are like muscles so it is good to work them. Energy Reflexology aligns the functioning of organ and muscle systems, thereby increasing metabolism and energy creation processes within the body. If you feel sluggish, maybe a session will pick you up! Circulation One of the most proven benefits is improvement in circulation. More oxygen reaches vital organ systems, optimizing their functioning and increasing metabolism.This causes healing and faster regrowth of damaged cells. Relaxation The opening of neural pathways causes a more relaxed state in the body and mind. Reflexology is often used for sleep disorders. Insomnia can be very disturbing and Reflexology helps the body relax and return to its normal, healthy Circadian rhythms. Toxin Removal Reflexology can improve bladder functioning and reduce urinary tract problems. This occurs as a result of the client releasing toxins and foreign substances, thereby protecting the body from various diseases and health conditions that are caused by a clogged urinary system. Nervous system stimulation Opening the neural pathways benefits the central nervous system by speeding up our cognitive powers, speeding our physical reactions, boosting our memory and causing the brain to work better and faster. Migraines and headaches A session relieves stress and tension in the muscles which causes them. Speeds healing Increased nerve activity and circulation combined with more balanced metabolism causes cells to regenerate faster and wounds to heal faster. Also, the pain relief provided in sessions, allows patients to feel better and be more willing to work toward physical recovery. Cancer Though not directly curing cancer, Reflexology eases side effects of Chemotherapy. It helps patients reduce anxiety and sleep well. It reduces vomiting and other indigestion issues. The clearing of neural channels and increased circulation Reflexology provides can help slow the spread of cancer and can stimulate antioxidant activity to destroy cancer cells. Pregnancy and Menstruation Studies have shown that Reflexology can decrease labor time and the need for analgesics. It can reduce the chances of post-partum depression and can also help the body heal itself and get back to normal metabolic activity faster. Kira Davidson is a certified Foot Reflexology practitioner. You can contact her at 404 982-6369 or email her at [email protected].