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Introduced to the United States in 1913, reflexology’s underlying theory is that there are reflex areas on the feet that correspond or “reflect” specific organs, glands, and other parts of the body. Applying pressure to these reflex areas can promote health in the corresponding organs through energetic pathways.
Reflex Area Examples:
- the tips of the toes reflect the head
- the heart and chest are around the ball of the foot
- the liver, pancreas and kidney are in the arch of the foot
- low back and intestines are towards the heel
Reflexology promotes relaxation, improves circulation, reduces pain, soothes tired feet, and encourages overall healing. The Sages’ Touch offers relief from both chronic and short-term discomfort and pain through the practice of this ancient healing art. A study in the American Cancer Society journal found that one-third of cancer patients used reflexology as a complementary therapy. Reflexology is a non-invasive complementary modality involving the use of alternating pressure applied to the reflexes within the reflex maps of the body located on the feet, hands and outer ears. (Reflexology of America Association, 2006). Reflexology is recommended as a complementary therapy and should not replace medical treatment.
Reflexology can help with….
- stress and stress-related conditions
- sports injuries
- tension headaches
- digestive problems
- back pain
- problem sleeping
- post-operative and palliative care
How It’s Done
- During your first reflexology session at The Sage’s Touch, you will begin with a consultation about your health and lifestyle. This will take 15 to 20 minutes.
- You will then be asked to remove only your shoes and socks and sit comfortably in a reclining chair. Next, Himavat Ishaya will assess your feet and get the measure of various points, or areas, in order to identify where there is tenderness or tension.
- Next, assorted massage movements warm your feet up, followed by gentle palpation which is applied from the toes to the heel according to your level of comfort.
- After the session, most people experience a state of deep relaxation and calmness.