Reflexology for Insomnia

I just had a reflexology massage client this week who told me she slept better for a week after her last session.  I know a lot of people suffer with insomnia and after hearing this client testimonial, I wanted to share this article with you.

Those who suffer from insomnia often find that a natural method of relaxation promotes more complete and satisfying rest than drugs. Reflexology techniques provide a pleasant and natural method for achieving the balance and relaxation needed for healthy sleep.

Reflexology helps you clear away the stress and turmoil of everyday life so you can gain healthy, restful sleep. Your body will respond with gradually increasing mental and physical clarity as you experience the careful manipulation of specific reflex points on the foot. An experienced reflexologist can help relieve insomnia using techniques based on ancient knowledge of these reflex points.

What is Insomnia?

Very simply, the word insomnia means “inability to gain adequate sleep.” Generally, the word is not used for the occasional night when an exciting day or a worrisome event makes it difficult for you to quickly fall asleep. Instead, insomnia usually refers to a state in which sleeplessness is a regular condition and actually interferes with a person’s normal life activities. The condition may refer to difficulty falling asleep as well as the condition of waking up prematurely or a sleeping pattern punctuated by frequent periods of wakefulness.

How Does Reflexology Work to Relieve Insomnia?

Reflexologists divide the body, from head to toe, into ten zones. Each of these zones is reflected in a particular area on the bottom of the foot. For instance, reflexes on the toes correspond to the brain, the center of our sleep, so those reflex points are given special attention when treating insomnia. The skilled use of thumb and finger pressure on reflex points stimulates blood circulation and increases oxygen absorption.

At the center of the top pad in each large toe is the reflex point that corresponds to the pineal gland. The pineal gland is a small cone-shaped structure that produces the hormone melatonin. Because that hormone affects a person’s sleep patterns, maintaining a balanced level is important for healthy sleep. Understandably, the reflex for that gland is of great importance in treating insomnia. The skilled reflexologist may also focus on reflex points that correspond with the solar plexus, or the network of nerves in the abdomen, the respiratory system, the digestive system, and the circulatory system. Clearing away imbalances in any of these systems can lead to a healthier, more relaxed sleeping pattern.