Thursday, April 11, 2019

Reflexology -
a step towards wellbeing

Feet - at first glance, they’re our body’s great stabilizers. But they’re also much more than something to stand on, walk on or squeeze into fancy dress shoes.

If you’re a reflexologist - each foot reflects the vertical half of a body - so, for example, the left foot corresponds to the muscles, organs and valves on the left side, and the same is true for the relation of the right foot to the right side of the body.

“In reflexology theory, points and areas on the feet, hands and ears correspond to specific organs, bones and body systems. Practitioners access these points on the feet and hands (bottom, sides, and top) and the ears (both inside as far as the finger can reach and outside) to affect organs and systems throughout the entire body,” explains a University of Minnesota website titled “Taking Charge of your Health & Wellbeing” in a section on reflexology

Theories surrounding reflexology date back as far as pictographs in Egyptian tombs, and images on the feet of Buddhas in India.

In 1000 BC a Chinese medical publication featured a chapter on “Examining Foot Method” that discussed the connection of life force to points and areas of the feet.

Marco Polo introduced Europe to reflexology and massage in the 1300's with the translation of a Chinese book on reflexology, and “Zone Therapy” was published in Europe in 1582.

Today the World Health Organization recognizes reflexology as one of the fastest growing therapy treatments in North America.

The particular reflexology application of pressure, stretch and movement to the feet, hands and ears is believed to:
• stimulate nerve function
• boost circulation
• increase energy
• eliminate toxins
• prevent migraines
• promote deep relaxation

Think that a reflexology treatment is just the right thing to add to your regular Academy Massage Therapy treatments? Or have never had a therapy treatment, but are intrigued by reflexology, and have decide to jump in with both feet? Then book an appointment with us. Like you, we recognize that our feet are made for much more than just walking!

Much love,
Academy Massage Therapy

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