Reflexology is a completely safe therapy for babies as it is non-invasive. In fact, it can be applied from the first days of the newborn’s life to help calm him and give him a greater sense of security thanks to skin-to-skin contact with his parents. However, these are not its only benefits, reflexology can also be useful for:
- Treat birth trauma, especially if it was a long and intense labor or if forceps were used.
- Strengthen the neck area so that the baby can support his head by himself as soon as possible.
- Work the spine to stimulate nerve reflexes and improve posture.
- Relieve gum pain and general discomfort during the teething process .
- Expel excess mucus from the airways in the event of a cold, which helps the baby to breathe better.
- Facilitate digestive transit and reduce stomach discomfort such as constipation or abdominal pain.
- Relax the muscles and relieve muscle tensions that appear as a result of sudden movements.
- Facilitate sleep and rest, especially at night.
- Reassure the baby when he is overexcited or very nervous.
There are various theories about how reflexology works. One of the oldest claims that it works through the energy channels of the body, so that when stimulating a reflex zone in the foot, the energy of a specific channel is activated, which in turn acts on an organ or zone in particular, which leads to its “cure.” On the other hand, other more modern theories are based on the idea that certain nerve endings are stimulated through foot massages, which in turn connect with the spinal nerves and these with the corresponding organs throughout the body.
In any case, when practicing reflexology, a signal is sent from the reflex areas of the feet to the different organs, which acts as a kind of catalyst that helps to “restart” your metabolism. In the specific case of babies, reflexology is even more effective since, being in full development, they tend to be more receptive to the effect of massages, at the same time that they have fewer reflex zones since their feet are still very small, which simplifies the connection paths between the feet and the different organs.
In addition, unlike adults, in babies reflexology can be applied practically at any time, the same while they sleep, eat or even, when they play, which makes it a very practical technique.