Our feet have a HUGE responsibility, carrying the weight of our body and taking us wherever we want to go! We take for granted how hard our feet work for us every single day and often neglect to give them the proper care and pampering deserved. With a whopping 26 bones, 33 joints, and over 100 ligaments, tendons, and muscles within the human foot and ankle, it is no wonder we enjoy kicking up our feet at the end of a long day!
In addition to the daily burden we place on our feet, feet also provide us a window into our overall health and well-being. Reflexology, also known as the ancient Chinese method of Zone Therapy, is a healing practice based on the principle that each body part, including organs and glands, is represented on the feet. Essentially, our feet are a complete map of our body. There are 10 longitudinal zones, 5 on each side of the body, containing specific pressure points. Pressure on these specific areas has a therapeutic effect, providing a general tune-up and inducing a deep state of relaxation by releasing nerve pathways and congestion throughout the body.
A complete reflexology treatment uses many different techniques, including acupressure, stretching, and massage to various pressure points on the feet. The presence of crystals or tender spots on pressure points is an indication of a blockage or imbalance in the corresponding organ or body part. By providing gentle pressure using thumbs and fingers, congested energy is released and balance is returned to the body. Reflexology is a very safe, non-invasive and relaxing treatment that aims to heal the body and maintain a balanced state of health. To enhance a reflexology treatment, ask about adding a foot scrub, essential oils, or even hot towel to your session.