At one time or another, we’ve all experienced…backed-up bowels…don’t you just love that feeling?!
Constipation, which is the sluggish action of the bowels, responds exceptionally well to reflexology.
Many factors can adversely affect the elimination process including; diet, lack of water, certain medications, and injury to the lower back.
*more women than men seem to experience this issue.
Reflexology has been found to improve peristaltic action (the “wavelike” contractions of the small intestine and colon – which propels food along).
Improper function of the digestive system can rob the body of important nutrients and lead to a variety of issues.
I myself, rarely contend with constipation (damn us men) however, being a “road runner eater” I sometimes have issues with indigestion. From my own personal experience, reflexology has helped tremendously with this.
When working with clients who have received reflexology for constipation, I’ve quite often been told that it DID start things “moving” again!
Listed below are the reflex points that a professional reflexologist uses as a guideline to help with this issue.
*Each of these reflex points are within the abdominal cavity and are associated with digestion and elimination.
*Please review the Foot Map Page on this blog to familiarize yourself with where these reflex points are located.
~When working on yourself, rather than trying to reach specific reflex points, my advice is to focus on the area from the base of the ball of the foot, to where the heel starts (each of these reflex points are located within this large area).
~With a firm, yet gentle pressure, use both thumbs to press and rotate, making small little circles over this entire area (be sure to reach every inch).
~Work each foot for approximately 2 minutes – then wait a few hours to see if a result is achieved (do this no more than twice a day).
~Remember - reflexology may have a slight delayed response – therefore, be patient.
~The abdominal area is very sensitive to reflexology…so be gentle!
~To help support the digestive and elimination systems – use reflexology 1 hour before or after eating.
~Receive a professional reflexology session once or twice a month to keep everything regular.
If you have some time, please visit the Book Page on this blog, where you’ll find some easy and very informative reads on Reflexology.
And the next time your bowels feel a little sluggish…try rubbing your feet…they may just get things “going.”
Wishing you many years…of sooth moves!
Portions of this post gratefully supplied by: “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Reflexology” – Frankie Avalon Wolfe, Ph.D.