Short-term therapy for long-term wellbeing

The lists below summarise and separate out the physical and emotional benefits that reflexology is believed to provide:

Physical effects
Reduces muscular tension
Relieves fatigue
Increases energy or reduces tension
Promotes refreshing sleep
Strengthens natural self-healing mechanisms

Emotional and mental effects
Promotes calmness and a sense of well-being
Relaxes the body and mind
Relieves stress
Soothes emotional distress

Reflexology is thought by some to complement the natural functionality of body systems. The list below summarizes some of the enhancing effects that reflexology is believed to have on the following body systems:

Skeletal
Supplies nutrients for repair, new cells and growth

Muscular
Supplies oxygen and nutrients
Takes away waste
Relaxes muscle tension

Nervous
Increases oxygen and nutrient supply
Stimulates nerve cells
Helps repair and create new cells
Pain control

Respiratory
Stimulates movement of mucus in lungs and airways
Stimulates removal of waste products
Increases supply of oxygen to the rest of the body

Reproductive
Stimulates reproductive glands to help with hormonal problems
Clears blockages of the pelvic area in females

Urinary
Stimulates the kidneys to function more effectively by filtering and retaining substances
Regulates the salt:water content of blood

Circulatory
Stimulates repair and creation of new cells throughout the body

Lymph
Stimulates movement of lymph
Helps with removal of waste products
Helps fight infection

Digestive
Stimulates muscle action and peristalsis and aids smooth passage of food as it is digested – helps with digestive disorders
Encourages liver to pass unwanted substances to kidneys for excretion

Endocrine
Stimulates all glands, and especially brings relaxation, which supports the healing process in all other systems

Skin
Stimulates healing of wounds
Supplies nutrients and oxygen for repair and creating new cells