A simple, non-invasive method to help balance the body, foot reflexology is a natural therapy that requires the application of a specific type of pressure on particular areas of the feet. It is believed that there are reflexes in the feet which correspond to every part of the body, so by understanding the “maps,” you can do anything from relaxation to improved circulation, and also add a general feeling of wellness. It’s like a very detail oriented massage for your feet…that affects your whole body!
Why is it so popular?
Those who undergo treatments credit this therapy with:
- Profound relaxation and stress management
- Aches, pains and tension relief
- Digestive and elimination solution
- Improved sleep patterns
- Increased mental and physical well being
Until recently, reflexology was mostly ignored by science and relied on anecdotal evidence to buoy its good name. Today, though, there are many associations and organizations promoting and supporting the work of reflexologists from around the world. There is even an International Council of Reflexologists which has produced a Research Analysis Document that contains over 300 reflexology research studies, mainly from such places as China, Denmark, and the United Kingdom. Even in North America, a study has been published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Some of this research studies examined the effects of reflexology upon certain health conditions such as: asthma, back pain, cancer, chest pain, childbirth, PMS, heart disease, constipation, gout, migraine, headaches, multiple sclerosis, and nervous exhaustion.
As for the basics of how it works, foot reflexology simply refers to the reflexes that have been mapped out in the foot. It is thought that reflexology works through nerve endings, while massage focuses on the muscles and soft tissue of the body. This is where the practice gets its name; it works on the reflexes, not just the skin, muscle, or tissue. It is not painful, though like in a massage there could be stressed areas of your body that are more tender or uncomfortable.
Meet Our reflexologist:
Rebecca is a Certified Reflexologist and so much more. She began her healing career in 2012 in Memphis TN where she began practicing Usui Reiki and craniosacral release. Her journey brought her to Rhode Island in 2013 where she continued her study and love for all things energy. Her love of Reiki and her strong need to help others lead her to an in interest in many other holistic modalities, Reflexology being a major one. She is excited to offer this service to help you improve your health and overall well-being.