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Natural Awakenings Northwest Florida

Three Ways a Reflexologist Restores Your Body

Jan 31, 2013 08:41AM ● By Laurie Azzarella, LMT, CRR

There are reflex areas in both the feet and hands that correspond to every organ, gland, muscle, joint, bone and body part microcosmically. Stress and tension in the body can be released and balance restored through a unique method of thumb and finger walking on these reflex areas. Reflexology opens blocked receptor sites and nerve endings and encourages energy flow into every aspect of the body. A trained reflexologist knows how to restore the body balance by:

Understanding the reflex charts: reflexologists study the anatomy of the body as it is reflected on the feet and hands and applying this knowledge to their practice.

Using the correct reflex techniques: with an alternating pressure using the pad and/or edge of their thumb, a reflexologist will “walk” over reflex areas. This patterned pressure releases stress and tension, unblocks nerve endings and improves circulation. 

Using applied physiology: using a holistic approach, reflexology restores balance to all aspects of the body and encourages the chi (universal life force) to flow through your body unimpeded.

If a reflex area is sore, it is a signal that the corresponding body part may be stressed or congested. By applying the correct pressure and working additional reflex areas that relate to the distress, a well-trained Reflexologist is able to achieve a sense of well being, homeostasis and relaxation. Often soreness or pain in the feet is the body’s way of communicating an inner issue that needs to be addressed. Reflexology helps to interpret these messages.

Laurie Azzarella is an instructor of Ingham Reflexology as well as a licensed massage therapist. She incorporates the use of Therapeutic Essential Oils in her practice, and teaches classes in Pensacola, FL and Daphne, AL. See the calendar for February dates. Contact her at [email protected] or 850-380-4943.

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