Reflexology has been used since the early 20th century to help treat a wide range of health conditions. Today, it’s most commonly used to reduce pain, ease feelings of stress and anxiety and boost mood. Read on to find out more about the top benefits of reflexology.

5 big benefits of reflexology

Reflexology, which involves applying gentle pressure to the hands or feet to stimulate energy pathways, is designed to promote wellness throughout the body. This complementary health therapy can help treat any imbalances, combatting any pain or discomfort due to digestive problems, respiratory problems and other causes of pain and inflammation. Many people choose Faye Pattison Physiotherapy when they’re seeking reflexology in Chelmsford. Here are five of the biggest benefits of reflexology.

Reduces pain

Studies show that reflexology can help to reduce pain and inflammation. A scientific survey carried out by UK researchers showed that reflexology may be as effective as painkillers, with people feeling around 40% less pain and being able to tolerate pain for 45% longer when using reflexology as pain relief. If you don’t want to mask your pain with painkillers, reflexology could be worth a try.

Reduces stress and anxiety

Reflexology is often used to reduce feelings of stress and anxiety. It puts the body in a state of total relaxation, releasing muscular tension, improving nerve function, and allowing blood and lymph to circulate more freely. The ‘fight or flight’ stress response is calmed, improving overall mental wellbeing. Reflexology can be more useful than medication since rather than masking symptoms it helps the body to relax and restores a more natural balance.

Boosts mood

Reflexology promotes the release of endorphins, making it ideal for boosting your mood. It can also increase the body’s production of serotonin, a “feel good” chemical which helps us to feel happier, calmer and more emotionally stable. So, if you feel sad or depressed, booking a reflexology session could help. When your practitioner presses certain pressure points on specific positions on your body, your mood can begin to improve.

Improves sleep

If you’ve been dealing with poor sleep, you’ll know the impact it can have on your life. As well as affecting our mood and making it hard to concentrate, it can also increase your risk of developing chronic illnesses like heart disease and diabetes. It can also affect the immune system, making you more likely to become ill. One way to improve your sleep is to undergo regular reflexology sessions. Reflexology can improve the quality of sleep by reducing stress, anxiety, fear and pain. It can also distribute energy evenly throughout your body, helping you feel more relaxed.

Book reflexology in Chelmsford

If you’re interested in finding out more about the benefits of reflexology in Chelmsford, contact Faye Pattison Physiotherapy. Our reflexologists are very experienced and use the best, most effective techniques when treating our clients. Call on 01245 901170 to arrange a reflexology session or discuss your requirements with one of the team.