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Have you been watching the adrenaline pumping action of the Euro Cup and wondering how footballers maintain their mental and physical strength and manage pain and fatigue?

Many athletes turn to alternative healing methods to manage their body and mind’s well being. One such popular treatment is reflexology – the study of reflexes and involuntary responses to stimuli.

Reflexologists believe the body is divided into zones through which a special type of energy flows; imbalances impede the flow of this energy and cause pain and exhaustion. Reflexologists use pressure points (usually on hands and feet) to unblock these impediments to allow free flow of energy throughout the body, which heals the mind, body and spirit, alleviates physical pain and mental stress, and maintains vitality and energy levels.

The benefits of reflexology include:

  • Helping the body recover from injuries by increasing blood circulation to the injured area, utilising the body’s natural ability to heal itself.
  • Loosening the leg muscles after an especially gruelling workout; research also shows that reflexology removes lactic acid (which causes tightness in muscles) from the legs four times faster than a massage.
  • Treating the pain caused by conditions such as tendonitis, tennis elbow, as well as other aches and pains.
  • Promoting deep relaxation, improving sleep and easing nervousness, which in turn help maintain the body’s equilibrium as well as its mental and physical strength.

So whether you are an athlete or just stressed, regular reflexology sessions ought to keep you in good spirits. However, due to the fact that qualified reflexologists in Pakistan are few and far between, inquire about their qualifications before you consult one.

– Farhana Millwala-Kerai

The writer is a qualified reflexologist and aroma therapist; she runs Schehrazade Spa.