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Experience Nourishing Reflexology at Wellness Organix Massage

Reflexology is a natural form of healing involving the feet or hands.  Wellness Organix Massage at Georgetown offers a unique organic reflexology session for your feet.  It will nourish your feet with a nutrient dense certified USDA organic body butter.

Reflexology works with the nervous system by way of reflexes.  A reflex is a nerve pathway.  With over 7000 nerve endings in the feet, reflexology is a tremendous messenger for healing.  Through the reflexes on your feet your whole body can benefit.  There is, in fact, a reflex map of the entire body on the feet.

Benefits of Session    

More and more people are turning to foot reflexology because it decreases and in many cases eliminates pain.  It is thought to be as effective as acupuncture but without the use of needles.  According to Thomas Claire, in his book “Bodywork What Type of Massage to Get—and How to Make the Most of It”, “Research study conducted by Ralph Alan Dale, Ph.D. of the Acupuncture Educational Ctr. in north Miami Beach demonstrated that manipulation of the reflex zones of reflexology have the same effect of stimulating the same energy balancing that is accomplished using traditional acupuncture points.”

According to Dwight C. Byers, in his book “Better Health with Foot Reflexology”, reflexology increases relaxation and circulation, decreases “stress”, and brings the body “back into balance.”  When the body finds its balance chronic pain patterns often dissipate or disappear.  As circulation increases we start to get well.  According to Denise Austin, fitness expert, “Circulation is what heals us.”

It has been known to help almost any bodily condition by stimulating its corresponding reflex.  Reflexology affects internal parts of the body that massage cannot reach such as organs.  Many people report needing a lower dosage of medication when receiving regular sessions.  Reflexology, and massage which is woven into the session, eases soreness from being on our feet so much. 

The body butter that your therapist uses at Wellness Organix Massage is free of chemicals and preservatives.  It also moisturizes and supplies nutrients to your skin and inner body.  It is often not considered but what you put on your skin goes into your bloodstream and into the cells of your body.  So making your skin care organic is a very wise choice.  There are three body butters to choose from for the session unscented, lavender, and orange.  The lavender and orange body butters are not scented with synthetic fragrances but pure essential oils.  

Experiencing a Session                 
You do not need to disrobe to experience the session.  It is done while you are lying down on a comfortable massage table.  You can cover up with a sheet and blanket.  Your therapist will place a silk eye pillow over your eyes, which helps the body to relax.  And massage one of the chosen body butters into your feet.

She will briefly massage your feet in order to warm and relax them.  Then she will use a series of finger-walking movements putting comfortable pressure on the reflex points with her thumb and fingers.  She will also do a series of stretches for the feet.  

It is helpful to let your therapist know when she finds areas that feel sore.  Any tender, grainy, or calloused areas are given extra attention.  During your session, you may feel heat or other sensations in other parts of your body.  It is a natural process of healing.

The amount of sessions recommended varies according to one’s needs.  For instance, someone with peripheral neuropathy may need a two sessions a week for up to eight weeks, while the nerves on the feet regenerate.  Those with plantar fasciitis may want to experience reflexology along with massage of the lower calves once or twice a week for 6 weeks or until pain is gone.  Anyone looking to reduce stress or improve chronic health conditions such as allergies, headaches, back pain, kidney disorders, etc., will benefit from reflexology as often as their individual condition warrants, usually at least once a month. 

History of Foot Reflexology                                        

Foot reflexology has its roots in several ancient cultures. Primitive cultures in Egypt, China, Africa, India, Russia, and Japan worked on the foot as a way to heal the body.  Native Americans worked on the foot as a means of connecting to the earth.

Dr. Fitzgerald took the ancient forms of working on the foot a step further and divided the foot along with the body into ten different regions called zones.  His work is called zone therapy.  There are five zones on each foot from the big toe side of the foot to the little toe side representing the body from the middle to the outside.  He found that working a particular zone on the foot affected the same zone in other parts of the body.  In 1917, Dr. Fitzgerald wrote the book “Zone Therapy, Relieving Pain at Home.”

Soon after zone therapy, physical therapist, Eunice Ingham (1889 – 1974), experimented with her patients until she created a detailed map of the foot and its related parts of the body.  She developed the system of working on the foot known as foot reflexology, which is still used today.

So pamper your feet today with this ancient form of healing.  Not only will your feet thank you, your whole body will, too.  Working on the feet encourages total body healing.                                

By Melanie Herendeen, BS, APP, CMT, Wellness Organix Massage, Owner,
6431 Georgetown North  Blvd. Fort Wayne, IN  46845, (260) 418-5190 



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