6 Ways Reflexology Can Help You Reach Your Fitness Goals
By: Lis Kunzi
Whether you are a pro-athlete, semi-pro, or a just a weekend warrior trying to stay healthy, incorporating Reflexology into your fitness program can provide amazing results and benefits. Athletes go to a Reflexologist to help recover from a sports related injury, for mood and hormone balancing, stress management, general wellness, and to help with their focus.
I had the privilege to be a volunteer for the World’s Longest Hockey Game in May 1012 in support of the Alberta’s Children’s Hospital. The 40 players played nonstop for 250 hours and raised more than $ 1.5 million. I used Reflexology to treat badly swollen, bandaged and taped up feet, feet with wounds, blisters, and overstretched ligaments, and bone wary hockey players. After 20 minute treatments most felt renewed energy and had less pain in their feet.
The techniques I used to help them reach their fundraising goals can help you to reach your fitness goals. Here are 6 ways reflexology can help you to overcome your fitness obstacles:
1. Reflexology can help remove lactic acid from the legs four times faster than massage. Athletes who run marathons and half-marathons find a session after their race provides helpful relief for tightness in their legs.
2. Reflexology can increase circulation to an injured area of the body, so it helps support the body’s natural ability to heal itself and can promote faster recovery from injuries.
3. Reflexology can address pain. Many athletes experience foot pain caused by plantar fasciitis, neuroma, or tendonitis. These conditions can be addressed by surgery, but as more athletes want to avoid drugs and reduce the time off due to surgery, Reflexology becomes a valuable tool. Reflexology also helps for sports that stress the shoulders, arms, and hands such as golf, tennis, racquet-ball, or water-skiing. Treatments help to address issues such as tennis elbow and forearm pain.
4. A Reflexology session promotes deep relaxation and can improve sleep. Many athletes find Reflexology is useful to help ease nervousness and achieve better sleep in advance of an event. Research has shown a Reflexology session creates a deeply restful and healing brainwave state.
5. Reflexology can be useful in visualization training. During their treatment many athletes start visualizing by seeing themselves in competition going through the physical and emotional movements of the game. The residual effects of reflexology allow you to make better use of visualization training whenever you engage in it, immediately afterward or later on.
6. A Reflexologist can demonstrate self-help techniques to try at home to speed up the recovery process from strain or pain.
There are good reasons for any athlete to consider adding Reflexology to a fitness regimen. Even if you’re not in it to win, the benefits can be terrific for your overall health and enable you to keep up your fitness routine.
Lis Kunzi is a certified Reflexology Therapist at Dr. For Moms Chiropractic and Wellness Center. To book an appointment or to find out more about Reflexology and how it can help call 403-247-9301.