Reflexology is the practice of massaging the feet, hands, and ears in order to promote overall well-being and health throughout the body. While certain aspects of the benefits of reflexology are not acknowledged by the wider medical community, there’s no disputing the fact that any kind of massage can help a person to relax, and therefore experience the health benefits which follow from being in a state of relaxation.

The belief in reflexology is that the body’s life energy flows all around it through different points in a certain order. Should one of these areas become blocked, a person’s life energy cannot travel, causing pain, discomfort, and other symptoms such as bad dreams or sickness. Reflexologists believe that these areas of the body can be unblocked by massaging and manipulating the corresponding reflexes in the foot, hands or ears, though the feet are the primary focus for most reflexology practices.

Some people have reported positive and accurate results from their reflexology treatments, though because there is no evidence for the life force (Qi) the practice relies upon as a cause and solution to all aches, pains, and illnesses, other medical professionals refuse to accept that it has any kind of benefit.

Runners regularly have reflexology massages, or have their masseurs use reflexology on their feet when having a sports massage, as it helps to loosen any tension in the muscles there. This helps runners by aiding the healing going on in their feet between runs, which is essential if someone is running long distances regularly.

Anyone can have reflexology massage, even if they don’t believe in the way it’s supposed to help a body’s life energy. The relaxation someone can achieve through reflexology massage will always benefit a person’s health, as being more relaxed improves blood flow and oxygenation of the muscles, helping to relieve stress, depression and anxiety.

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