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Reflexology and Acupuncture: the perfect healing combination

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.

Should you give acupuncture a try? Real facts, real benefits.

When I lived in California, being an acupuncturist was not a conversation starter (there are over 10,000 acupuncturists in that state alone, and everyone appeared to have their own practitioner).

What do you do? They would ask. Acupuncture, I would reply. Oh great!, they would say.

End of story.

When I moved to Columbus Ohio four years ago, the conversation was more like this:

Person: What do you do?

Me: I am an acupuncturist.

Person: Wow… I have always wanted to try acupuncture.

Me: You should!

Person: But, does it hurt?

Me: No, is that why you have not given it a try?

Person: Well… (the conversation goes on from here; content varies depending on the person’s relationship with sharp objects).

So, my friends, I am here to tell you in person that you should give acupuncture a try despite your needle-phobia.

In my 12 years of practice, I have given many first timers, needle haters, alternative medicine pessimists, acupuncture treatments. Ninety-nine percent of those people were pleasantly surprised that the needles didn’t bother them. Ninety-nine point five of those people returned for follow up visits. And almost one hundred percent of them enjoyed and benefited from their acupuncture treatments.

Needles can be scary, I know. If I could rename them, I would.

You have to remember that the sole purpose of the tiny acupuncture device is to help you feel better. It is to stimulate your life force (known as Qi) to be re-directed and to encourage the body to heal itself. Sensations can be felt, yes, but very few people would call in pain.

You have to also know that my sole
purpose as your practitioner is to make you feel better, in the most comfortable way possible. Most of my patients enjoy their nap during the treatments, and wake up refreshed, and pain-free.

If you would like to have a conversation such as the one posted above with me, I will be happy to engage! Send me your questions, share with me your concerns. I have a feeling that one day in the near future, Ohio will become a bit like California and being an acupuncturist will receive the response: Oh Great!

In good health,