Millions of people around the world suffer from anxiety. While most individual experiences can be considered mild or temporary, there are others for whom anxiety is a debilitating mental and emotional disorder that can have significant negative effects on one’s physical, emotional, and social functions. As an alternative treatment, reflexology massage is commonly recommended to help individuals achieve a sense of relaxation and well-being.
Reflexology is a type of massage that uses light to moderate pressure on specific points in the feet, hands, or ears. These points correspond to certain body parts and organs. By massaging these points, beneficial effects can be experienced by the other part or organ. Reflexology uses massage techniques to help relieve tension, improve blood circulation, and induce relaxation and rest. Frequently, reflexologists use tools that aid the in targeting and adding more pressure on specific points. The benefits derived from reflexology by people with anxiety are mainly from its therapeutic effects. Massage movements are slow and deliberate, allowing the patient to relax and calm the mind. As a result, heartbeat is regulated and the patient is better able to breathe deeply. It is the preferred form of therapy for many individuals because it is non-invasive, does not require medication, and in its most basic form, does not require the use of special equipment.