Skin blemishes after you hit puberty? Really? Well, believe me when I tell you that health experts always say health and beauty comes from within. All those expensive skin care products and serums may not accomplish your desired goals. Health experts specializing in hormonal well-being will tell you that finding the root of that problem is more efficient than treating it after the fact. This could arguably apply to many things in life. But let’s just stick to reflexology and your skin in this article. Heh, heh.
Whether you are in your teens or any stage of menopause, the adrenal glands (they handle stress) are a major factor in activating all other glands, organs, and the brain, thereby promoting hormonal and metabolic balance.
Reflexology is an established science connecting certain reflex points and on the hands, feet, ears and face that coincide to all organs, glands, the brain and muscles. By affixing pressure to these areas, nerve function, lymph and blood flow are stirred to trigger relaxation and better circulation. The body’s normal healing abilities are improved. Reflexology not only contributes to overall well-being, but has been focused upon for its beauty benefits. Beauty benefits of reflexology encourage a mild detoxification that promotes healthier skin, provides additional energy and a stronger immune support.
Lymph flow reduces swelling and removes toxins from the body. Nerve function leads blood to organs so they work properly. Blood is critical for feeding the entire body by delivering oxygen, carrying nutrients, eliminating waste products, maintaining core temperature, killing pathogens and so on. Deficient circulation may cause pain and stagnation to body parts (arms and legs) and could possibly cause disease. Deficient of relaxation (stress and tension) hinders the normal flow of circulation.
Reflexology benefits have been documented for thousands of years. The Egyptians reflected the benefits of reflexology in hieroglyphics, then practiced years later in Chinese medicine. Reflexology was introduced into Western Medicine around 1913. After some development during the 1930s, a physical therapist introduced reflex points on the hands and feet and established a method of reflexology. Identifying the source of a patient’s ailment versus treating the outcome became practiced throughout the US as it is today.
So, what about reflexology and your skin you ask? Stress, tension, hormones and brain chemistry are all connected. Stress and tension affect hormones, the hormones affect brain chemistry, and that chemistry affects stress. It is a vicious cycle if you will. Remember I mentioned those adrenal glands? Well, they send communication to the brain requesting hormones be released. When there is too much tension and stress hormones produce cortisol. An overabundance of this hormone with block serotonin, estrogen, dopamine and other needed hormones. This action creates such things as adult acne, blemishes, and other skin irritations not to mention a whole slew of other non skin related symptoms like insomnia, depression, low sex drive, rapid heart beat, low immunity and more.
All in All
Reflexology poses no contraindications. Reflexology does not make any condition worse. It is practiced to promote relaxation (not by massage) and healthy circulation. Many reflexology practitioners will say that benefits of reflexology (and specifically benefits of foot reflexology) come from walking around bare foot because those reflex points are stimulated when pressure is applied such as walking around without shoes.
If you want to reap the beauty benefits from reflexology, take these simple facts into consideration. The beauty benefits of reflexology do not require the buying of expensive acne creams and beauty serums either. Reflexology and your skin go hand in hand. The next time you see blemishes and acne pop up, consider the benefits of reflexology and your daily routine. Is your stress and tension creating more health issues than you may even realize?
Author: Amy Wermuth