By Louise Richardson, Certified Reflexologist and Reiki Master
When I mention heart health, what do you picture? Is it a hollow muscular organ that pumps the blood by rhythmic contraction and dilation? Or a red heart ❤ emoji? Or do you think of the feelings of love, compassion, appreciation, and connection?
There’s a saying that the heart is “the focus of physical and spiritual being, and it represents the central wisdom of feeling as opposed to the head-wisdom of reason.” That said, psychologists used to believe that the brain also controlled our emotions as well as intellect.
But don’t think this means that the heart takes a back seat to the brain’s knowledge, or in its connection to how we feel. The function of the heart is much more than just a physical organ pumping blood through the body.
For starters, there is a documented emotional connection with the heart. Researchers have concluded that our emotional experience is actually created by the heart and brain working together. According to researchers:
• Negative emotions affect the nervous system and over time affect the rhythm of the heart
• Positive emotions create balance in the nervous system and enhance our perception of the world around us
• Our lives are governed by the emotional and intuitive signals sent by our heart
• The heart is not only in constant contact with the brain, but it has its own intrinsic brain
• The emotional “feeling” brain develops before the rational “thinking” brain
• The “heart brain” is composed of about 40,000 neurons which means the heart has its own nervous system
• The heart sends more signals to the brain than vise-versa
• The heart is a key modulator of pain
Reflexology works through the nervous system as there are over 7000 nerve endings in each foot. During a reflexology session, both the heart and brain reflexes are worked, which may help to balance these organs and their connection. As the body relaxes during the session, pain can be reduced, and emotions can be in balance.
Keep in mind, reflexology sessions can be a thoughtful gift to your loved ones on Valentine’s Day. Gift cards are available. By the way, February bookings are filling up, so call or text today!
Wishing you many blessings of good health!