Running impacts on the whole body. It’s not only an intensive cardiovascular workout but involves other systems in the body such as the circulatory, respiratory, endocrine, muscular, and lymphatic systems. Even though the whole body is constantly moving during running, the focus is on the impact is on the feet. We task our feet a lot when running, so it makes sense to give them some care, particularly through reflexology.
Reflexology is an excellent non-invasive therapy suited for runners as it won’t interfere with other treatments taken at the same time. Reflexology can help to balance and relax the body’s systems by applying thumb and finger pressure to reflex points on the feet. This in turn produces referral sensations that balance a system or part of the body. Because the foot contains about 7,000 nerves, each nerve corresponds to different parts of the body, so stimulating them by pressing and massaging certain reflexes points is key. In summary, the theory behind reflexology is that by working on the entire foot, Reflexology Therapists encourage the body’s natural healing abilities to address the imbalances throughout the entire body, not just the painful area at that moment. This is especially helpful to runners, as it affects the body as a whole.
Benefits of reflexology for runners include:
- Improved blood circulation, promoting oxygen supply.
- Pain-reducing effects.
- Removal of lactic acid.
- Calming effects.
- Blood pressure reduction.
- Promotion of better sleep
- Increase in carbon dioxide exhaled from the nose which helps to lower the pulse rate
- Helps with cholesterol reduction
- Improves focus and concentration
- Can be beneficial for post-operative recovery and pain reduction
- Can help with these painful foot conditions: Achilles tendonitis, Bunions, Heel Spurs, Neuromas, Plantar Fasciitis, arch pain and flat feet.
Injuries can occur when participating in any sport, but the use of reflexology may reduce healing time. The relaxing effects of Reflexology may help to combat the negative impact of stress which runners face before and during a jog, race or competition. Runners be sure to let the Reflexology Therapist know about any medications or painkillers you’re taking in advance of a treatment.