Reflexology has ancient origins

As a complement to massage, reflexology can improve overall well-being

Here at Be Well Bodyworks, we recently expanded our service offerings to include reflexology. With a focus on the feet, this service can stand alone or complement your regular massage regimen. It is an ancient practice, with origins in Egypt, that continues to provide benefits to individuals today.

If you have ever had a foot massage, you know how deeply relaxing that experience can be. Reflexology builds upon that relaxing effect and takes it a step further by activating specific pressure points in the feet.

Below are a few frequently asked questions about reflexology:

What is reflexology?

It is an ancient practice with origins tracing back to Egypt, India, China, Japan and Europe. It is based on the premise that stimulating reflex points in the feet can impact other systems in the body.

What are the benefits of reflexology?

Reflexology has been reported to improve:

  • Relaxation
  • Circulation
  • Gland functions
  • Immune responses
  • Energy levels
  • Overall well-being

Several studies have been conducted on the effects of reflexology, and the Mayo Clinic reports that:

“Several studies funded by the National Cancer Institute and the National Institutes of Health indicate that reflexology may reduce pain and psychological symptoms, such as anxiety and depression, and enhance relaxation and sleep. Studies also show that reflexology may have benefits in palliative care of people with cancer.”

How does it work?

Certified reflexology practitioners follow the theory that certain points in the foot stimulate corresponding nerves and/or activate chi.

Is it safe?

Reflexology is considered safe for most people, but check with your doctor if you have been diagnosed with deep vein thrombosis, edema, foot infections or diseases, have suffered severe injury to your feet, or if you are pregnant.

To learn more about reflexology, contact us today with questions or to schedule your appointment at our Longmont office.