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By walking barefoot over the open countryside, early man was inadvertently enjoying the benefits from reflexology, a therapeutic form of foot massage. Both ancient Chinese and Egyptian cultures extolled the healing effects of foot reflexology on the entire body.  But not until the early twentieth century did this technique reach  the West.  Today, unfortunately, few of us get to enjoy the many benefits of regular foot reflexology.  Instead, we jam our toes into tight shoes, which restricts the circulation of the blood and nerve supply.  Reflexologists aim to correct this basic imbalance.  They believe that specific areas on the feet reflect all the body’s internal systems and organs, which then can be stimulated by applying specific pressure to those points.  If an organ, gland or tissue is impaired, the corresponding zone on the foot will be sensitive to external pressure.

Mode of action: Specific points on the foot that correspond to body organs are referred to as reflex zones. By applying a systematic pressure to these zones, reflexologists  can increase the circulation of blood and nerve supply in your body, thereby triggering a natural healing process.

By identifying places in the foot that are sensitive to pressure or noting skin changes, reflexologists can assess a patient’s general state of health.  To restore good health, a skilled reflexologist then works to dissolves deposits of uric acid crystals that have settled in the feet.

Extra Tip:
After the reflexology session, gently apply a lotion or essential oil to the feet.  For a stimulating or calming effect, add a few drops of an essential oil to your base oil.  For instance, rosemary essential oil can help reenergize you, while lavender essential oil will help relax you.
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