Reflexology is a non-invasive therapy performed on specific areas of the feet, hands or ears. A reflexologist uses special manipulations with varying degrees of pressure on the feet, hands or ears to provide both physical and emotional benefits. There are reflex zones in the feet, hands and ears, which are linked by energy pathways to specific corresponding parts of the body. When pressure is applied to the feet, hands or ears, nerve endings are stimulated. The stimulated nerves encourage the opening of neural pathways and allow messages to travel unimpeded to the different areas of the body.
Reflexology is a holistic treatment, as a reflexologist aims to treat the whole person, body, mind and spirit. By treating the whole person, a state of balance within the body can be achieved and therefore the body is able to heal both physically and emotionally.
Throughout history reflexology has been practiced, with the earliest records of the practice dating back to the Egyptian times. Presently, the practice of reflexology is growing in popularity across Europe and Asia as a complementary therapy.
Reflexology is a great complementary therapy for Mother’s to introduce postpartum, to help treat a perinatal mood disorder. Evidence shows that reflexology can help calm an anxious mother and balance her hormones and energy levels. In addition, various studies report that regular treatments of reflexology during the postpartum period can reduce the effects of postpartum depression and also help with inadequate lactation, enlarged breasts, urine retention, constipation and backache. Overall, reflexology creates a greater awareness of the connection between the mind and the body, easing the physical discomforts caused by postpartum depression. Reflexologists can also help their postpartum clients achieve more sleep and help to ease their shifts in appetite.
PMDA Blog >