Improving Performance With Reflexology

THE BENEFITS OF REFLEXOLOGY FOR ATHLETES AND PERFORMERS

Whether you’re a performer, pro-athlete, semi-pro, or participate in a sporting activity to keep fit and healthy, incorporating reflexology into your fitness regime can be hugely beneficial.

Reflexology can bring about a positive effect to an Athletes overall physical health, performance and emotional wellbeing, by helping you to relax and recover faster from injuries and surgeries.   Reflexology can also assist in relaxing the emotions and bringing mind clarity during performance whether as an athlete or any event performer.

Reflexology can help to increase blood circulation to an injured area of the body, removing toxins and bringing in oxygen, nutrients, minerals, enzymes and hormones, while also removing toxins and waste products (generated by extended muscle exertion). Helping to support the body’s natural ability to heal itself, and promote faster recovery from injuries. Since the blood stream is responsible for supplying the muscles with nutrients and oxygen, increased circulation can assist in preventing cramps, spasms, aches and pains associated with extended exercise. 

Reflexology can help to reduce pain, such as knee pain or 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 or tennis, treatments help to address issues such as tennis elbow and forearm pain.

If you have an injury to an area of the foot which is too painful to work directly, a Reflexologist can work on your hand instead as the hand is the “referral area” for the foot.

Reflexology promotes deep relaxation, which may help to improve sleep and ease tension leading up to a sporting or performance event. Stress and tension tightens the cardiovascular system and restricts blood flow, causing it to become sluggish. This results in the tissues becoming oxygen-deprived; the energy in the body becomes depleted, making all body systems suffer. By stimulating the nerve endings on the feet this can keep the body’s circulation flowing smoothly, which rejuvenates tired tissues. For highly competitive sports or an important major event it is best to have reflexology two or three days before an event…as staying psyched up requires adrenaline and a certain amount of tension. 

Reflexology encourages your body to achieve homeostasis, helping to better address the symptoms you are experiencing.

Reflexology is completely natural, having no harmful side effects, and so will not exacerbate the issue. 

Reflexology sessions can be easily incorporated into your fitness routine, and a reflexologist can demonstrate self-help techniques to try at home or at a sporting event, to help speed up the recovery process from strain or pain. Helping to enhance your physical and emotional wellbeing and overall performance. 

Examples of Sports Injuries

Reference

NHS Choices Sports injuries – www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Sports-injuries

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Owner of Sole to Heal Reflexology

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