Reflexology and essential oils go together like all of our favorite combinations do. After all, what tastes better with peanut butter than jelly? Does anything look better than black and white? Essential oils take the already rejuvenating practice of reflexology and take it to the next level by enhancing it with soothing aromas and calming massage.
If you’ve been curious about both or just want to learn more about each one, you’ve come to the right place. It’s time to discover what reflexology is all about and how essential oils can help boost results.
Reflexology involves putting pressure on certain spots on the feet, hands and ears to benefit specific body parts. Translation? A trained reflexologist can press on a certain spot on let’s say… your foot to benefit another body part — your bladder, for example. It’s thought that the left foot corresponds to all of the organs and other parts of body on the right side. A reflexologist will work on that one foot if the patient is experiencing pain on that side.
The practice is also thought to improve overall wellbeing. By working on one foot, the practitioner can potentially improve your entire body’s well being. Pretty neat, huh? Reflexology has been used to treat ailments ranging from cancer to PMS, according to the University of Minnesota.
The list of reflexology benefits goes on and on. Scientific research has shown that reflexology can help increase blood flow to major organs, decrease anxiety, help patients relax and reduce pain as well. Reflexology also has been used to treat headaches, boost kidney and cardiovascular function…. there’s seemingly no end to the amazing results you can get when you give reflexology a try. It’s nothing short of a (all-natural) miracle.
Seeing as essential oils can be used to achieve different effects (for example, if you’re feeling anxious, try using some soothing lavender oil to help you create a calm aura), a reflexology treatment can be paired with an essential oil as well to maximize results and maintain wellness.
Peppermint is thought to help aid digestive and respiratory issues when used as a dietary supplement, while basil may help with nausea. Pick a problem and chances are there’s an essential oil out there that can address it. Plus, many essential oils smell great. If you’re tired of the plain oil rubbed over your foot or just want to wake up your senses during a treatment, adding an essential oil might be the perfect way to do that. Just pick your favorite scent and enjoy.
Next time you book your reflexology appointment, be sure to ask your reflexologist to incorporate essential oils into the mix to really experience the full effects of reflexology. Here’s to your health!