Author: Connie Kelly
Many people think that reflexology is just a foot massage. Is it relaxing? Yes. Does it relieve tension? Yes. And you’re rubbing my feet? How is that “not” a foot massage? Well, I am not just “rubbing your feet”. Let me show you what I mean.
There are 7200 nerve endings in the bottom of each foot. 7200 nerve endings! These nerve endings are connected with ALL parts of the body. By working the feet, you are stimulating and affecting EVERY part of the body via the nerves. Pretty remarkable, huh?
“Reflexology is a science that deals with energy pathways that correspond to all the glands, organs and parts of the body. It is a unique method of using the thumb and fingers to reflex these areas in both the feet and hands.”1 (Reflexology, 3)
I apply the appropriate amount of pressure to certain areas or points on the foot in such a way that I am stimulating the corresponding part of the body.
Reflexology is a non-invasive therapy that can be a nice adjunct to a solid Naturopathy program. It can also help in the following ways:
We can also help with:
And the list is endless.
Here are a few testimonials:
And lastly, here’s another thought to chew on:
It is unfortunate that in our society, it is taboo to touch each other. In some countries it is acceptable to grasp another person by the shoulders and kiss the left and right cheek and embrace in a hearty hug. In America, we barely shake another person’s hand. And we spend most of our time on our smart devices where we aren’t even conversing verbally with one another. Babies who are not touched fail to thrive, and can die if they don’t feel loved. Touch is vital to living a healthy, vibrant, long life. Reflexology can be a way to receive Touch in a way that is socially acceptable in our society. Give yourself a gift of reflexology this year, and begin your journey to better health.
1. Howard, Amy Jo, ND. Reflexology. Naturopathic Institute of Therapies and Education. Mt Pleasant, MI. 2014.
5/22/2018 04:20:39 pm
It sure is nice to know that reflexology is a good way to relieve not only stress but also to reduce pain by increasing the flow of oxygen throughout the entire body. I am experiencing pain in my back for quite some time now because I'm sitting for hours, and it appears that massaging can only provide relief for a short time. I'll try this out and look for a reflexology expert close to my area.
5/22/2018 07:15:22 pm
Reflexology can help with this, as may CranioSacral Therapy. I would look for an experienced CranioSacral Therapist in your area who has trained at the Upledger Institute. You can google their website and find someone near you! Reflexology and CranioSacral Therapies work really well together for spinal and back pain.
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