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Reflexology: It’s All In the Feet

If you’re starting to think your aches and pains are all in your head, think again—they may be all in your feet. What do your feet have to do with your back pain or your chronic migraines? A lot, according to reflexology.

What Is Reflexology?
Reflexology is the application of pressure to specific points and areas on the feet, hands, or ears. The practice is based on the theory that there are “reflex” areas on the feet, hands, and ears that correspond to specific organs, glands, and other parts of the body. In fact, some of the earliest reflexologists created a foot map outlining the pressure points on the feet and this map is still in use today. The idea behind a “reflex” therapy is that working with points on one part of the body will affect other parts of the body.

This ancient practice dates back as far as 2330 BC—but there is plenty of current research to back it up. Over 380 worldwide clinical trials have shown that reflexology is effective for melting away tension, pain, anxiety and as many as 63 other conditions. There are a variety of theories speculating how and why reflexology works—from stimulating the central nervous system to breaking up energy congestion—but most who have experienced it don’t care how it works, just that it does.

Benefits of Reflexology
A lot of people find reflexology as a last resort—after they’ve tried everything else with no relief. Reflexology promotes relaxation, improves circulation, reduces pain, and encourages overall healing. It can be used for a variety of conditions, including:

  • Back pain
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Headaches
  • Menstrual disorders, such as premenstrual syndrome (PMS)
  • Stress and stress-related conditions
  • Digestive disorders
  • Arthritis
  • Insomnia
  • Hormonal imbalances
  • Sports injuries
  • Digestive problems, such as constipation
  • And more

What to Expect from a Reflexology Session
Reflexology is more than that simple foot rub we all love to get. A reflexologist will apply pressure to specific points on the foot—and the pressure will vary depending on your response. When the reflexologist hits a tender spot—known as a “hot spot”—your response will guide the treatment. Hot spots are often indicators of an imbalance and by working the area, a reflexologist can restore balance—and potentially eliminate nagging problems, such as migraines or sciatica.

Reflexology at Zenergy
Here at Zenergy, we’re fortunate to have Mark Cook, ART (Registered Advanced Reflexology Therapist) providing reflexology treatments in the spa. Mark has been trained by the world's foremost experts to ensure your time spent with him will be as productive and effective as possible.  His main focus is pain relief and he has had astounding results with people suffering from migraines, sciatica, carpal tunnel syndrome, and female problems.

Mark is all about results—in fact, his favorite part of his work is seeing miracles. What kind of miracles? He’s seen it all—lifelong migraines that disappeared, debilitating back pain that stopped, carpal tunnel syndrome that healed, and much more. What’s more—you don’t have to see Mark every week for the rest of your life to experience pain relief. Everyone is different, but many people experience permanent relief after only a few sessions.

Ready for a miracle? Book a reflexology session with Mark in our vibroacoustic therapy chair and get ready for instant relaxation and pain relief.