How Reflexology May Help you as a Runner.
The key to top athletic performance is being able to keep the whole body in balance. Our body has muscles which are never alone because each set of muscles is balanced by another set of muscles. When one contracts the other relaxes.
Top athletes work consistently on all muscle groups so that, no one set dominates. To be in top performance, each muscle group must be uniformly developed and must be in harmony with one another.
Other things to consider when you exert yourself hard with exercise like running is to give the body time to rest and let tissue recover. Training hard is stressful on the body and this can build up endurance however a wise athlete will incorporate active rest days. Reflexology is very relaxing and may help to keep physical, mental and the emotional body in balance of energy required to stay in control and keep a cool head in a race.
Introducing reflexology as part of your regular training could well improve concentration, help you receive fewer injuries and help muscles recover in a much shorter time if injured.
For serious, top athlete’s reflexology would benefit from reflexology about two days after a sporting event, for runners it can be beneficial two to three days before the race. For less serious runners who do it for fun, health and fitness as well as amateur athletes and sports enthusiasts, a little reflexology earlier in the day could be just the thing to help them unwind and help get them ready for their run.
Some studies have shown that lactic acid can be eliminated from the legs faster by applying reflexology and can greatly benefit marathon runners.
Benefits of reflexology for runners include helping to remove lactic acid, calming the body to promote better sleep and help regulate breathing. It can help improved blood circulation and promote oxygen supply, mineral supply and increased energy as well as helping release strain on back and shoulder muscles as well as relieving stress body relaxes encouraging blood pressure reduction and helping to simulate energy flow and prevent blockages. Enhanced circulation helps facilitate the removal of waste products from the body helping to prevent many aches, pains, spasms and cramps that typically follow exercise periods
- Reflex Areas
Lung and chest with emphasis on the shoulders to relax the upper back and deepen breathing
Lungs and Chest to relax the chest region and help regulate breathing
Diaphragm to relax muscle
Adrenal to help increase energy and help with mineral balance
Pancreas to help balance blood sugar levels
Spine to help release strain on the back muscles
Hip/Knee/Leg to help relax and bring circulation to these areas
Sciatic nerve on the heel, inside of the leg and outside foot and ankle to stimulate energy flow and prevent blockages
Reflexology traces its roots back to ancient Egypt, but was only introduced in the West in the early 20th century. Reflexology is a non-intrusive complementary health therapy, based on the theory that different points on the feet, lower leg, hands, face or ears correspond with different areas of the body. A modern-day reflexologist applies pressure to these points to identify areas of the body that aren’t working properly and to stimulate the nerve endings that correspond to their proper function.