The studio now also offers Japanese reflexology foot massaging which is the practice of applying pressure to areas of the feet, using specific hand techniques, to relieve ailments and keep the body aligned and balanced.
The human foot, which contains 26 bones and 33 different joints, was once described by Leonardo da Vinci as “a masterpiece of engineering and a work of art.” Each foot contains more than 7,000 nerve endings, which connect via the spinal cord and brain to all areas of the anatomy. This is the basis of the practice of reflexology, which uses specific pressure points on the feet to relieve problems elsewhere in the body.
Japanese reflexology differs from massage in that it works to activate nerve endings whereas massage is pressure applied to the body’s soft tissues and muscles. The foot is divided into a number of reflex zones, which correspond to different parts of the anatomy. For example, the toes represent the head, including the teeth, mouth, nose, brain, eyes and ears, and the ball of the foot represents the chest area, including the lungs and heart. In essence, the feet are a mirror of the body.
“Why I love doing reflexology,” says massage therapist Sandy Robb, “is that the Japanese philosophy is focused on creating balance in the body and clearing blockages on the meridian lines.”
Benefits of a foot reflexology session are manifold; calmness and serenity, improved circulation, increased energy, and balanced emotions among many others. Foot reflexology invigorates tired, aching, and sore feet – leaving your feet fresh, attractive and tingling and you will feel better all over.