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Reflexology or zone therapy is an alternative medicine that involves massaging pressure points on the feet or the hands.
It originated from Chinese medicine and was recorded by the Egyptians. It has been used on and off throughout history and was once used as pain and stress relief.
Dr Eunice Ingham developed a chart of the reflex areas in the 1930's. This is a map of the areas in the body and how they are aligned with the hands and feet. It was done by her massaging the feet, finding a tender spot and aligning it with an organ in the body.
This way of massaging the hands and feet stimulate the nervous system in order to help the body heal itself.
You can buy reflexology gloves and socks with detailed maps of the areas in your body connected to your hands and feet. They also come with an instruction manual and some aromatherapy oils. You may be able to perform it on yourself but it may not be as easy as you think.
A trained reflexologist applies painless pressure on an area of your foot to identify any areas in your body which needs attention.
A reflexology session can last up to 60 minutes. Sometimes it takes a few sessions to sort the problem out.
It involves massaging of the feet while you relax.
It stimulates the nervous system and can help with stress, pain relief, period pains, migraines, anxiety, headaches, poor digestion and back pain.
It is believed that Reflexology clears the energy blocks that can prevent the body from healing itself.
If you have diabetes, Reflexology can help, by maintaining your circulation in your hands and feet reducing the risk of diabetic neuropathy.
As you are generally so relaxed during a session it can also help to lower your blood pressure and will have a knock on effect on your blood sugar.
A friend of mine tried it to help her conceive and it worked.
Also it will help to keep all your major organs affected by diabetes in good condition.
It is very relaxing and you will feel good afterwards. You will have to drink plenty of water after your treatment to get rid of all the toxins in your body.
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