The feet lie furthest from the heart, and the circulation tends to stagnate in these extremities, especially if the calf muscles are not pumping blood properly up the body. It is important to help blood flow back up the legs to the heart., in order to avoid diseases like deep-vein thrombosis.
Waste matter, such as uric acid crystals and calcium crystals, can also build up in the bottom of the feet, because gravity pulls these toxins downwards. The aim of reflexology is not only to boost the circulation in the body, but also to disperse these cystals.
Reducing stress levels
It is acknowledged that 75 per cent of all illness is stress related. Stress infiltrates our lives, causing problemswhen we cannot cope with it -compromising our immune system and making us more susceptible to illness and disease.
Reflexology reduces stress by creating deep relaxation and a sense of balance and well-being. It helps the nervous system to calm down and function more normally. When we apply reflexology you stimulate more than 7,000 nerves in the feet, which can encourage the opening and clearing of neural pathways, helping the body to return to its natural rhythms.
The term ‘homeostasis’ refers to a balanced state in the body and the mind. Our health depends on all the thousands of parts of our body and mind working in harmony together. Too much strain on a particular area can knock our whole system out of balance. It is pretty hard to know what to do when you fell ungrounded, unbalanced or out of sorts, but reflexology can help to create the necessary sense of balance and well-being.