Reflexology for skin conditions

Reflexology for skin conditionsReflexology can help overcome skin conditions

Reflexologists are seeing more and more cases of skin disorders and the therapy is proving effective in treating conditions such as eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis, acne, shingles and ringworm. Reflexology helps overcome skin conditions by unblocking trapped energy and releasing any stress that may be the cause of the problem. Reflexology works by applying pressure to the hands and feet to affect other areas and functions of the body. Reflexology pressure can increase blood flow and aid circulation of oxygen and nutrients to help remove waste products that may be causing skin damage. Reflexology can also release natural pain killing chemicals into the bloodstream to aid pain relief and give a feeling of well-being.

Skin conditions can benefit from reflexology therapy

Many skin conditions occur due to poor function of internal organs so reflexology looks to stimulate these organs into functioning correctly. When organs don’t function properly there is a build up of excess toxins that the body tries to eliminate through the skin. This imbalance can appear on the skin as pimples, pustules or chronic eczema. Any toxic waste in the bowels that can’t be eliminated due to poor colon function can lead to constipation. Constipation is a common problem that causes skin conditions as again the body tries to excrete the excess toxins through eruptions on the skin. Bad eating habits and allergies to certain foods also cause an imbalance of the internal organs leading to skin conditions.

Reflexology links areas of the body and the skin is related to the lungs. Many people who suffer with skin conditions also have breathing disorders such as asthma. By stimulating the adrenal gland reflex point a reflexologist can help release anti-inflammatory substances. This process eases itching, wheezing and breathlessness. Skin conditions such as eczema are also often made worse by stress and stress-related problems can also affect many other functions in the body.

Skin assessment and treatment using reflexology

Before applying reflexology a trained practitioner will do a thorough assessment of the skin’s condition checking for abnormalities in colour, texture and temperature. The reflexologist will also examine the skin for any underlying circulatory problems that are displayed as swelling or blanching. The reflexologist will also try to establish if the skin condition is due to allergic reactions such as contact dermatitis. As part of the holistic approach to treating skin conditions, reflexology also identifies any dietary issues that may be triggering skin eruptions. Eczema sufferers are known to have a congested system that is overly acidic giving a grey tinge or poor colour to their skin. And eczema can be further aggravated by eating known irritants such as tomatoes, potatoes, cucumbers, mushrooms and spices.
Reflexology helps to balance the body’s systems and improves liver, lung and kidney function. A healthy body is able to secrete and lubricate the skin with natural substances that prevent dryness and give the skin antibacterial protection and antiseptic properties. Perspiration and sweat with the correct ph level for the skin (which should be neutral) helps in the healing process of eczema and other skin conditions by softening and soothing dry, hard or cracked skin.

Using reflexology for skin conditions maximises energy, reduces stress and improves health and well-being.

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Daniel Alexander, GoToSee Journalist

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