We recently added some new services to our menu here at Karuna Massage. Now you have three different options to receive reflexology and massage on your hands and feet! Some people may be unfamiliar with this style of bodywork and its benefits, so I thought I would share just a little information that might encourage you to give it a try.
Reflexology is one of the oldest types of bodywork. Some sources say it could be up to 4,000 years old. The exact beginnings of the practice are lost to history, but there is evidence of it’s practice in China, and in Egypt where it is depicted in one of the tombs. Closer to home, North American native tribes also practiced this form of bodywork for centuries.
The basic premise is that different areas of the feet and hands correspond with different parts of the body. Similar to acupuncture, the theory is that through massaging an area of the foot or hand you can influence, or stimulate, energy within the corresponding body part. A quick Google search brings up many “maps” showing what areas of the hands and feet correspond to the different body parts.
In addition to simply feeling wonderful, many clients experience significant benefits from reflexology. A few of the most common areas of relief are from anxiety, headache pain, PMS symptoms, and sinusitis. Additionally, there is research showing that reflexology can help enhance nerve function, and improve glycemic control (important in regulation of blood sugar). For many cancer patients, reflexology has improved their quality of life in areas such as enhanced appetite, breathing, digestion, mood, and sleep.
If you are curious about this style of bodywork, I encourage you to book an appointment today and check it out for yourself! ♥