There are 7,000 nerve endings in each of your feet. Seven thousand. And these nerves correspond to every organ and system within your body. Mind. Blown.
I had the opportunity to visit Janice of Lillian’s Holistic Journey’s home treatment center where she introduced me to Reflexology. Reflexology, also known as zone therapy, is an alternative medicine “system of applying pressure, usually to the feet, which practitioners believe stimulates energy and releases ‘blockages’ in specific areas that cause pain or illness.”
Before we go claiming that reflexology can treat disease, I’ll take a direct quote out of Janice’s website: “I like to think that diverse holistic modalities can be very complimentary to western medicine therapies. The overall outcome is to provide the best wellness plan for the individual, work together, and accomplish optimum wellness. Some modalities such as, reflexology, aromatherapy, Ionic foot detox, Reiki, can be so beneficial to so many people, walking all paths of wellness. ” Amen.
The idea behind reflexology is that different areas of the hands and feet correlate with different organs in the zones your body. Like many of the best alternative treatments out there, it’s been around for thousands of years, with documented practices from ancient China and Egypt. By studying your hands and feet, and more specifically your bodies response to pressure on certain areas, reflexologists such as Janice are able to pinpoint areas of concern.
The benefits of reflexology are widespread: from stimulating nerve function and the central nervous system, to increasing energy, boosting circulation, eliminating toxins, even preventing migraines, treating urinary tract infections and menstrual cramps. Your hands, feet, and ears are home to thousands nerve endings, making sense of the direct correlation between the zones of your feet and hands and your body’s organs.
Besides the medical claims, there’s one that is undeniable: it’s relaxing. Janice’s practice started by me lying down on a massage table, her washing my feet, then moving from feet, to hands, to ears and face. She uses aromatherapy, and places an eye pillow with soothing essential oils on your face to aid in the relaxation process. An hour seems like a long time for this type of massage, but believe me it flew by (I even fell asleep on the table). At the end, Janice performed Reiki and then walked me through a few blockages and areas of concern she came across during our session. All in all, it was such a relaxing experience that left me feeling like I got a whole body treatment. It definitely helped that Janice has this kind, positive energy about her that made me feel so comfortable from the moment I walked in the door.
If you are looking for relaxation, increased circulation, have chronic migraines or are experiencing menstrual cramps, reflexology might be worth considering. Learn more by visiting Janice’s website here.