Suffering from sinus congestion or Frequent headaches or Backache? Before you reach for the pain killers or aspirin bottle, lets pamper your feet first. The ancient art of reflexology may be just what you need to bring your body back into balance, and to feel good all over.
Imagine lying on a table in a dimmed room. You take a few deep breaths and begin to relax as you listen to the healing music playing in the background. You feel the therapist takes your foot in his hands. His fingers begin to apply gentle, yet firm pressure to your toes and the base of your foot. He applies pressure to your big toe and you moan and say "Hey, that hurts." Then he askes "Have you been having headaches?". "Yes, but how did you know that?"
Therapist explains that the foot is divided into zones or reflex areas, and that each zone corresponds with a different part of the body. The big toe, for instance, is associated with the head. Pain or tenderness in one area of the foot may reveal a problem elsewhere in the body.
Reflexology is the art, science, and study of specific touch techniques. The concept of reflexology holds that various organs, nerves and glands in your body are connected with certain "reflex areas" on the bottoms of your feet, hands and other areas of the body. Moreover, reflexology claims that by massaging these corresponding areas or "maps," prompt relief from a variety of conditions in the body can be obtained. In most instances the thumb, or sometimes a knuckle, is used as the massaging force. When properly administered, reflexology is thought to help relieve stress and tension, stimulate deep relaxation, improve the blood supply, and bring balance to the entire body.
If you're not familiar with reflexology, you might assume it's a relatively new modality of body work. However, the art of reflexology is so ancient, it cannot be traced to any one culture. An Egyptian wall painting found in the tomb of Ankhmahor at Saqqara also known as the Physician's Tomb shows four men who appear to be engaged in hand and foot reflexology. The painting is dated at the sixth dynasty, which would have been 2330 B.C. Evidence of reflexology treatments can also be traced back thousands of years to China, Japan, and India. And it's believed that North American Indian medicine men rubbed and massaged their patients' feet as part of their medicinal ritual.
Since reflexology treats the whole person, not the symptoms of disease, most people benefit from treatment. The therapy brings relief to a wide range of acute and chronic conditions, and is suitable for all ages. An increasing number of people are using this safe, natural therapy as a way of relaxing, balancing and harmonizing the body.
Do you need a massage? Call Oberon Remedial Massage on 0438 042 153.