Many people often ask me about the true benefits of Reflexology and whether it is as effective as people say it is. I was delighted to come a list of proven studies in very respected Western-medical journals about the simple benefits of foot massage and working using feet.
I hope this helps in terms of convincing the skeptics 😉
A daily foot massage can help keep the psychological aspects of your health in balance. According to a 1999 study performed by a team of researchers from the University of Hertfordshire and published in the Intensive and Critical Care Nursing journal, a five-minute foot massage served to bring about relaxation to critical care patients, helping to reduce their stress levels and measurably reducing blood pressure and heart rate.
A 2010 study published in the Journal of Clinical Nursing showed that massage of the soft tissues of the hands or feet brought about emotional comfort when performed on a sample of people grieving the death of a loved one.
Further research conducted in 2013 by Australian researchers from Griffith University found that participants with a high-stress, demanding job felt reduced anxiety levels and improvement in mood.
Foot massage can also provide relief from pain, and not only pain in the feet.
A 2004 study published in the Pain Management Nursing journal, performed by researchers from the Indiana University School of Nursing, found that post-operative patients reported a greater reduction in their pain symptoms following a massage of the feet or hands than those who used pain medication alone.
Another study, published in the Applied Nursing Research journal in 2010, found that women given foot massage following C-section births reported reduced post-op pain as compared with the placebo group.
Foot Massage Brings Relief from Cancer Symptoms and Chemotherapy Side Effects
Foot massage helped cancer patients find relief from not only pain, but nausea, in a 2000 study spearheaded by researchers from the University of Canberra and published in the Cancer Nursing journal.
A sample of breast cancer patients undergoing treatment were studied by scientists from Michigan State University in 2012, and these women reported a dramatic reduction in physical symptoms associated with their cancer and treatment, such as less shortness of breath and improved energy levels.
Foot Massage – Multiple Sclerosis Symptom Relief
Cancer is not the only physical ailment to have its symptoms improved through a reflexology-based foot massage. A multi-campus team of Iranian researchers recently found that reflexology was able to provide relief from the crippling fatigue that so many people with multiple sclerosis suffer from.
These findings were published in the March/April 2015 edition of the Iranian Journal of Nursing and Midwifery Research.
Foot Massage for Relief of PMS symptoms
Many women across the world suffer from intolerable PMS symptoms each month, including bloating, mood changes and cramping.
According to a 1993 study published in the Obstetrics and Gynecology journal, researchers from the California Graduate Institute’s Division of Behavioral Medicine found that women who underwent reflexology—including foot massage—reported reduced PMS symptoms as compared with the placebo group.
So, what are you waiting for??!!