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Reflexology - What is it and how can it help?

What is it and how can it help?

Reflexology
patient and Family Version
Joann page RN

Reflexology is an ancient healing art, known to man for many thousand of years. In short it involves foot massage. Reflexology is used around the world in early Indian, Chinese and Egyptian cultures.

Reflexology is a science, which deals with the principle that there are reflexes in the feet, ear, nose, and throat that correspond to each and every organ and all parts of the body. Stimulating these reflexes can help many health problems in a natural and safe way. It is like a healthful maintenance. It can relax, energize, tone balance and heal the body. Reflexology works by the stimulating of flow of energy to all parts of the body. It is like an electric control panel going through the house. It clears blockages and helps the body to achieve a state of equilibrium and good health.

Reflexology can be useful for employers to help their employees to deal with stress and decrease illness in the workplace. It is estimated that 75% of all illness is stress-related. Stress can reduce efficiency and accuracy of work. prolonged stress can lead to the staff being chronically tired and irritable and the development of physical illness such as colds and flu.

In Denmark Reflexology has been shown to save employers money through decreased sickness and absenteeism. Employees had greater motivation and productivity and financial benefits.

Benefits to a company who employee reflexologists include:

  • Staff cope more effectively under pressure
  • Speedy recovery and return to work after illness or injury
  • pain relief for stress related conditions
  • Better resistance to infection and disease
  • Enhanced concentration, efficiency and accura
  • Improved creativity, planing, and decision making
  • Better relationships amoung staff
  • Increased morale, satisfaction, loyalty to the staff
  • Employees feel respected

A range of medical benefits identified include improved control of blood pressure and blood sugar, post op recovery, back pain, bowel function, headaches, sinus problems, relief of jet lag, and reduced stress, anxiety, and depression. Reflexology can also help you through the holiday season to have a stress free Christmas.

References:

Stress and Illness in the Workplace, Association of Reflexologists

Reflexology for Every Body

Reflexology for a Stress Free Christmas, Association of Reflexologists

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