Reflexology is a form of massage for the hands, ears and feet. Practitioners apply pressure to different areas that correspond to the body’s organs and various systems. Foot reflexology has been shown to alleviate anxiety and reduce pain. It’s especially helpful when used in conjunction with Western medicine. Ancient forms of reflexology come from Egypt and China but the modern practice grew out of Russian research in the early 1900s. Reflexology was introduced in the United States, in 1917, by Dr. William Fitzgerald who is often referred to as the father of reflexology.
So, other than the obvious fact that we care about your health and like to explore alternative therapies, why are we talking about this? Well, September 22 through the 28 is World Reflexology Week so we’re celebrating! Also, we learned recently that reflexology might be as effective as painkillers and we’re all about lowering the meds. Dr. Carol Samuel says, “It is likely that reflexology works in a similar manner to acupuncture by causing the brain to release chemicals that lessen pain signals.” Sounds good to us! If it sounds interesting to you too, check out these 13 reasons why foot reflexology can heal you.
When receiving a foot reflexology treatment, you’re essentially getting a foot massage. Who doesn’t find that relaxing?
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