Based on an ancient Chinese therapy, reflexology involves manipulation of specific reflex areas in the foot that correspond to other parts of the body including organs and glands. When the reflex areas are stimulated thru the “thumb walking” technique the body’s natural energy works along with the nervous system to clear any blockage in the corresponding zones. Sometimes referred to as zone therapy, this bodywork involves application of light pressure to these reflex zones to stimulate body organs and relieve areas of congestion. A reflexology session breaks up the deposits, felt like a grain of sand under the skin, which interferes with the natural flow of the body’s energy. Similar to the acupuncture and acupressure principles, reflexology works with the body’s energy flow to stimulate self-healing and maintain balance in physical function. This technique is used to reduce pain, increase relaxation, and stimulate circulation of blood and lymphatic fluids. With stress removed and circulation improving the body is allowed to return to its normal state. It is an excellent form of preventive health care. It is especially useful in stress-related illness and emotional disorders such as anxiety, sleep disorders and constipation. It can also be a very convenient modality in cases where an area of the body is traumatized or diseased to the extent that direct manipulation is not appropriate. Sinus, hormonal imbalances and pre-menstrual syndrome are some ailments that can be relieved with reflexology. Allowing you to be fully clothed except for your feet; a therapeutic 30 to 60 minute session can fit into the busy week and maintain the body’s balance.