One of the best things about my job can also be one of the most challenging. Whenever I meet with people, my mind fills up with ideas and strategies for helping them live the healthiest lives they can. I want to learn all about their struggles and goals. Though I love my job and feel rewarded whenever I can help someone look and feel better, sometimes by the end of the day I just feel exhausted.
I’ve come to find out my only real way to destress from that is a foot reflexology massage. Some people would say “I need a drink”, I need a foot massage. I’m literally going to go get one once I’m done writing this. My oldest daughter just called me a “reflexology addict.” She wouldn’t be wrong.
I make sure to treat myself to a foot massage regularly. Reflexology massages are inexpensive, relaxing and boast huge benefits. My practice is all about nuturing the body, mind and soul and these massages fit into that nourishment in a huge way.
I recently recommended my client leave my office and get right to the reflexology spa and she had a lot of questions about how reflexology works and what it does. I was so excited to share with her this information and I really wanted to share it with you as well.
What Is Reflexology?
Reflexology is a holistic practice that works to keep the body in balance and to help activate the body’s natural abilities to heal itself. It works to restore the body back into it’s harmonic state. The practice of reflexology divides the body into reflex zones, which covers the entire body. There are 10 zones on the body, five on each side. Each zone is represented by points on the bottom of feet. For example, the brain, which is represented on both feet, is connected to a reflex point on your toes.
What Does It Do?
Reflexology foot massages are mainly used to release tension and stress. Stress can be a huge factor in worsening many health issues and not dealing with that build up can create blocked energy in your body. Reflexology works to release this tension and therefore relieving this energy blockage. It allows your body to achieve a level of equilibrium, putting it into an ideal state to tackle anything from major to minor health concerns.
On top of releasing this stress, a foot massage also helps increase blood circulation, release toxins, reduce and diminish pain and can induce a deep state of relaxation. I know I sleep really well after a trip to the reflexology spa!
What Happens When I Go?
Most reflexology sessions last about 45-60 minutes, depending on the package you choose. Typically a massage runs about $30 for an hour. The reflexologists will mostly focus on your feet, though some spas do choose to spend some time on other reflexology points on your body such as your hands. While your session should not be painful, it is a deep massage and your reflexologist should be using firm pressure. If you have a low threshold of pain or if you’re experiencing any feet injuries, don’t be shy about letting your reflexologist know.
How Often Do I Go?
I go whenever I feel really stressed, which is typically the culmination of all the different aspects of my life. Sometimes I have a really crazy month and I get myself there once a week. Sometimes I go one month before feeling the urge. The benefits of a session can last as long as five days, but everyone is different.
My favorite local spot is the Sunset Foot Spa. I’m heading there now!