I never understood why my husband loves foot reflexology. Just the thought of it would cause me to cringe with fear as the few sessions I’d experienced in Singapore were awfully painful and highly distressing. Maybe I simply didn’t know how to enjoy having my feet pampered (if you can even call it that) or I have no threshold for pain where my feet is concerned.
However, since last December, my feet have been aching considerably. It’s probably due to the excessive walking during my last holiday. I thought the pain would go away but it never did and it became painful to walk or even stand for too long. That was when I thought I needed some help and naturally, foot reflexology came to my mind.
Oddly, as I began to think of how foot reflexology was going to elevate some of my pain, I was no longer fearful and was even looking forward to having my feet rubbed and kneaded. Maybe the pain and aches got to my head? Anyway, my husband was very pleased when I suggested to get a foot reflexology together. In the past, I would go with him but never as a customer.
It took us two weekends before we could get our slots at Kensington Foot Reflexology in Kovan. I was bracing myself for a painful session but surprisingly, it turned out so much better than expected. In fact, it reminded me of the wonderful foot massages I’d in Bangkok, where the pressure was just right. I felt the pain at many points but the pain was actually enjoyable. o.O I finally understood what it means when some people say, “It hurts so bad, it’s so good!” LOL.
What is foot reflexology?
For those new to foot reflexology and have no idea what it is, here’s a definition of it taken from the web:
Foot reflexology is the application of appropriate pressure to specific points and areas on the feet. Reflexologists believe that these areas and reflex points correspond to different body organs and systems, and that pressing them has a beneficial effect on the organs and person’s general health.
Most people I know go for a foot reflexology session to relieve their feet of pain or aches. You can say it’s a bit of a feet pampering session. But some people take foot reflexology more seriously and deem it effective to help health concerns including anxiety, asthma, cancer treatment, cardiovascular issues, diabetes, headaches, kidney function, PMS, sinusitis and overall stress relief.
As most of skin problems are caused due to malfunction of internal organs, I thought that foot reflexology might help as it’ll stimulate and improve the function of the organs. At the basic level, foot reflexology will increase the blood flow and circulation of oxygen in the body. It will also help in removing waste material from the body which will result in better skin.
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Interestingly, I came across information on how foot reflexology can improve various skin conditions from a book titled, Reflexology Research: Anatomy of a Reflexology Research Study by Bill Flocco. Here are some ways foot reflexology can help along with some research data:
1. Foot reflexology relieves acne
Most acne arise out of an internal balance. Apparently, foot reflexology can help.
Case study: In a study, 38 patients both male and female, 18 -29 yrs old, who had acne for 15 yrs, were treated with 10 sessions of foot reflexology 30-40 minutes a day. The adrenal gland, kidney, ureter, urinary bladder, pituitary gland, thyroid, parathyroid gland, genital gland, ovary, liver, lung, brain, face, pineal body, stomach, intestine, lymph of upper and lower body, neck lymph and spinal column reflex areas were treated. All 38 people were encouraged to eliminate fat, meat, hot peppers, garlic, onion, kelp, and hairtail. All were cured of acne. Some with persistent acne needed 7 more courses of treatment.
2. Foot reflexology treats melasma
I’ve always thought melasma cannot be treated easily and am so surprised to learn that foot reflexology can help.
Case study: Twelve patients, ages 25-40, with history of chlaosma for 1-12 years were given 20 minutes each of foot reflexology and facial massage. In 8 cases, after 10-30 sessions, the lesion were almost gone and the skin appeared normal. In 3 cases, the pigment lightened and the central area was somewhat normal, but still had discernable contour. In 1 case, the lesion was not changed, but after 10 sessions of both foot reflexology and facial massage, the lesion began to resolve. After 30 sessions, the lesion on the forehead disappeared. The lesion on the cheeks returned to nearly normal color. Nine months after the sessions were stopped, there was no relapses.
3. Foot reflexology heals eczema
It seems eczema can also be treated with foot reflexology because it is afterall a skin disease caused by allergies or internal imbalance .
Case study: Two cases, both male and female, with eczema were given foot reflexology and the “Jia Ji” (spine stimulating) method. Reflexology was done daily for 10 days. Results: 28 were cured, 2 improved, and 2 had no results. Curative rate = 87.5 percen Effective rate: 93.75%
4. Foot reflexology effective against psoriasis
The same goes for psoriasis.
Case study: A 9-year-old girl, with psoraisis vulgeris for three years, was treated with foot reflexology daily for 100 sessions focusing on the endocrine and immune systems. After 40 treatments, there was improvement; and when she was finished, the psoraiasis completely disappeared. A 21-year-old college student with psoriasis for 14 years, was given 15 sessions of foot reflexology focusing on the respiratory, digestive and endocrine systems areas. All the scales and lesions on the body disappeared and the skin color returned to normal.
5. Foot reflexology treats alopecia areata
Alopecia areata is one type of hair loss that typically causes patches of baldness.
Case study: A 47-year-old female was diagnosed with Alopecia Areata in various hospitals. External and internal medicine had no obvious effect. After inquiring, the author realized that the inducing factor was mental disorder due to her anxiety in finding a job for her son, which caused worries and irritability. At this point she found a lot of hair loss, which suggested that her disease was induced by mental factors relating to endocrine dysfunction. Treatment was a combination of foot and hand reflexotherapy and acupoints. Each session lasted 40-45 minutes; 10 sessions made up one course. The treatment brought about satisfactory effect. After 10 sessions, the symptom of hair loss was relieved and stopped after 2 courses. Three courses later, the lesions were covered by new hair.
Are you convinced that foot reflexology can do so much for our skin and hair? I don’t know about you but reading all just make me wanna go for more foot reflexology sessions! Maybe I should just sign up for a package and do it more often!