Let’s be honest from the beginning: unfortunately, reflexology can’t cure cancer! BUT it can be very useful as an alternative therapy for people with it.
Is well known that anxiety, stress, sickness, and pain come with cancer. Reflexology can help with the symptoms by supporting relaxation in such a difficult time, even when every person has a different response to this therapy.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), cancer diagnoses are growing globally, causing physical and emotional stress on individuals and their families. That’s why it is so important to know there is something we can do!
This is how reflexology therapy works
Easy-peasy! Reflexology’s a foot massage pointthat works by applying pressure on the feet. Why? To stimulate nerve pathways. And then? It encourages relaxation throughout the body.
By the way, this isn’t a new invention. It’s an ancient Japanese practice that has been tested for centuries.
Why choose reflexology for cancer patients?
Unlike regular massages, reflexology only involves the feet, hands, and ears. So, it doesn’t imply touching the whole body. This can be positive for people that don’t want to reposition or undress, for example.
When it comes to patients receiving chemotherapy it has been demonstrated that reflexology can reduce the side effects of the treatment: decreasing nausea, vomiting, and fatigue.
And there is more, it can be helpful in the psychological field, family issues, and daily life.
Another benefit is that acupressure therapy can be applied directly by nurses, even during chemotherapy sessions, becoming a great way to provide remarkable relief and calm.
Afitap Özdelikara and Mehtap Tan from Ondokuz Mayıs University in Turkey, assure reflexology has good effects on enhancing the immune system, regulating the bloodstream helping with headaches, hypertension, and others.
What about footwear for reflexology?
The good news is that there is a way people can practice this feet therapy just by using the appropriate shoes.
Kenkoh has designed all the sandals and flip flops based on the principles of acupressure foot massage. Meaning that a person can be, let’s say at the supermarket, the doctor, or the park, and get these massages just for wearing their footwear.