Reflexology is an integral part of my practice at Bexley Acupuncture.
I was trained in reflexology before going to acupuncture school, mostly because I loved it and loved what it did for my health and well-being.
In the deep woods of downeast Maine, I would attend my one-on-one class with a master reflexologist, Janet Stetser, at her home (complete with a composting toilet). Eclectic is an understatement for this lady, and I loved every minute that I spent with her. Janet was in her 60s, with long salt/pepper hair in the back, and a mullet in the front. She had strong hands, and sharp stares. Her voice was deep and powerful.
Janet would teach me the reflexology techniques by working on my feet (how cool was that?). And then I would have to do it back on her feet. This went on for weeks until I had to take the final exam. I still wonder if I really passed because the hour-long reflexology massage exam that I did on her… well… put her to sleep within a few minutes. It was that good, I guess!
Reflexology has a long history, dated back to pre-historic times. There are Egyptian wall paintings showing people working on each other’s feet and hands. Fast forward thousands of years later, these techniques of applying pressure to specific reflex points still help heal many ailments, from anxiety to headaches to digestive issues. It is one of the most beneficial therapies, and in my opinion, the most relaxing of all!
The reflexology “maps” show us how the whole body is represented in the feet, hands, and ears. Stimulating specific points will direct the healing energy to those organs. As such, a full session of reflexology should feel as though you had a full body massage, inside and out.
Because acupuncture therapy also works on stimulating specific points and targeting specific organs and areas of the body, the two therapies complement each other very well. In my practice, I have noticed that the application of acupuncture (opening up the body’s energy fields), followed by a reflexology session (stimulating specific organs), give the best outcome.
You can learn more about reflexology and its applications and studies here.