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The Benefits of Foot Reflexology

Why does it feel so good when we have our feet massaged?

I don't know about you, but I forget how much my feet do for me; they prevent me from falling, to start. They hold me up, help me walk, keep me balanced to support all of my weight, (emotional and physical!). Every now and then I try to remember to show them some love. But how, you ask?

If you practice yoga, you might be familiar with the energetic channels call prana. Each yoga pose is meant to open chakras to conduct healthy prana throughout the body. That's why you get that buzzy, grounded, happy feeling after a yoga session.

In eastern medicine, a similar concept of life force energy, qi (pronounced key or chi), is used. Reflexology is a massage technique applied to the feet to stimulate various parts of the body, thus promoting health and overall well being. (If you know me, I happen to love the concept of incurring wellness in our bodies by way of holistic, natural treatments.) Each part of the foot corresponds to an organ or body part. Most of the time, each foot relates to that side of the body (i.e. right foot corresponds to right arm).

So the practice not only feels good but can deliver some wonderful effects:

  • stress reduction through body awareness

  • increased circulation in feet

  • breaks up uric acid and calcium deposits in feet

  • reduces tension in fascia of feet

  • reduce tension in fascia of feet

An average foot reflexology session last about an hour. The practitioner spends time on each foot, varying if the client has a specific issue they'd like addressed. Anecdotally, I suffered from a shoulder injury for about three years. The outside of the fifth toe corresponds to the shoulder. When I massaged this area of my foot, it was indeed tender. Crazy, right?

This practice can be beneficial for those hard to reach places like internal organs and deep muscles and bones. There are points along the inside of the feet specific to the spine. There's even a point for the diaphragm to promote deep breathing.

If you're open to new channels for holistic health, this practice may be something you'd like to try. If you'd like to learn more, I, ahem, happen to be hosting a Self Care Webinar on "How to Massage Our Own Feet" this month. I'd love for you to join me! We'll be massaging points specific to self care, grounding, and allergies (cause that season is here!) Click here to learn more.

And if you'd like to receive a reflexology treatment during your next session, you can always book one here.

Promote your health....Squeeze those feet!

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She is certified in health coaching through the Institute of Integrative Nutrition.

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