What are the Health Benefits of Reflexology?

Reflexology is an ancient form of therapy focused on healing in the body through activating certain pressure points in the hands and feet. 

It’s a system of massage used to relieve tension and help treat illness. It theorizes that there are reflex points on the feet, hands, and head that are linked to every part of the body.

In Chinese medicine, different body parts correspond with different pressure points on the body. Reflexologists use maps of those points in the feet, hands, and ears to figure out where they should be applying pressure.

Reflexology’s aim is to keep Qi flowing through the body, keeping it balanced and disease-free.

Reflexology is generally relaxing and can help alleviate stress.

What are the Health Benefits of Reflexology?

What Problems Can Reflexology Treat?

Reflexology is generally not used to cure disease on its own, but millions of people around the world use it to complement other treatments when addressing conditions such as:

  • Anxiety.
  • Asthma.
  • Cancer treatment.
  • Cardiovascular issues.
  • Diabetes.
  • Headaches.
  • Kidney function.
  • PMS.
  • Sinusitis.

Which Toe is Connected to Which Organ?

The reflex areas of central organs such as the spinal column and stomach are in both feet.

The organs on the right side of the body such as the liver are on the right foot, and those on the left side like the spleen are on the left foot.

For the lungs and kidneys, they are on both feet, and the toes correspond with the brain and its organs.

Can Reflexology Help with Lower Back Pain?

Reflexology can be effective in reducing the severity of chronic back pain. It’s been shown to reduce pain from moderate to mild. Reflexology has been recommended to be performed by nurses as a complementary therapy in patient care.

What are the Side Effects of Reflexology?

Side effects of reflexology massage can include tenderness in the feet as well as mild light-headedness. Some report feeling a heightened state of emotion following treatment.

Reflexology side effects are generally few, and tend to be short-lived. Overall it’s known as a safe technique and suitable for most people.

What are the Health Benefits of Reflexology?

  • Relaxation.
  • Improved nerve functions.
  • Improved brain power.
  • Increased blood circulation in the body.
  • Eliminating the body’s toxins.
  • Boosting your metabolism.
  • Reducing headaches.
  • Relieving discomfort from menstruation.
  • Relieving discomfort from pregnancy.
  • Boosting energy.

How Often Should You Have Reflexology?

A general recommendation might be to begin with a session every week for the first month or two then followed by a regular visit every four weeks.

Final Thoughts

Reflexology sounds like a potentially great option to reduce stress levels and increase our feelings of relaxation, among the other benefits mentioned above.

Please as always consider consulting with your doctor, physiotherapist, or chiropractor to gain more information and decide whether it could be of benefit to you. 

I have not personally had this done but find the topic really interesting. I even bought a book about it a while back, which needs to be dusted off!  I have a foot bath massage unit that I use regularly and find that pretty soothing and relaxing. 

As a side note I was seeing a chiropractor for a few years regularly and it was a very positive experience. For the last two years I’ve resorted to stretching on my own to accomplish some of the same benefits. 

Let me know your thoughts around this and whether you’ve experienced a reflexology massage or if you’d try it, thanks for reading.

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What are The Health Benefits of Reflexology?

12 thoughts on “What are the Health Benefits of Reflexology?

  1. Thanks again for commenting you’re so nice.., same here… I have to explore this one further and consider trying it I think..


  2. Thanks, you never know it could help. I lived with a nagging wrist injury once for way too long..I went to a chiropractor for an unrelated issue and he resolved my wrist issue at the same time, it was a soft tissue injury.. I was so happy.


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