Stimulating the lymphatic system, with improved detoxification and elimination of toxins, can help in several different ways by boosting energy, strengthening the immune system and reducing infection risk, supporting anti-aging, and improving a sense of wellbeing. Many studies show reflexology increases blood flow and relaxes the overall body, including cardiovascular system, which help pump blood naturally. Reflexology can stimulate nerve supply and the flow of nerve energy in the body by releasing trapped nervous energy and improving neural efficiency, thus enhancing energy and vitality; ‘approximately 7000 nerves are stimulated’ (Tucker, 2015) which encourages the opening and clearing of neural pathways. Pain pathways can be interrupted to reduce pain, providing relief from any form of pain, from a migraine to joint pain.
Reflexology induces the production of endorphins, leading to an increase in immune power and sense of well-being. A client may experience improvements in self-esteem, trust, self-awareness and emotional security to allow for a more balanced mind, body, and spirit. Whatever health issues experienced, reflexology, can promote self-healing and help the issue to be managed more effectively; creating an opportunity for the recipient to take greater responsibility for their own health and self-care.