Blissful Journey Day Spa  - 114 West Corbin Street, Hillsborough N.C.
 
Reflexology (zone therapy)-- $70
is an alternative medicine, complementary, or integrated medicine method of treatment involving the physical act of applying pressure to the feet and hand with specific thumb, finger and hand techniques without the use of oil or lotion. It is based on a system of zones and reflex areas that reflect an image of the body on the feet and hands with a premise that such work effects a physical change to the body. 
 
Foot Reflexology is very old, and was practiced as an ancient form of pressure treatment that uses the application of focused pressure on known "reflex" points that are found in the foot. The various points correspond to areas on and within the body.
 
When a person receives a foot reflexology treatment they may benefit from increased circulation as well as relaxation. A session promotes the release of tensions. Although there are many other benefits, (for which empirical proof may not yet exist). But recipients have noted that this ancient tool does promote the clearing of emotional debris. And therapists have evidence that reflexology helps with the release of toxins from of organs, tired cells and tissues are rejuvenated, the auric field responds by balancing, the body is more grounded, and reflexology helps to facilitate other energy methods offering a synergistic effect.
 
The age of those first practicing reflexology is not known. There is , substantial information that suggests Foot Reflexology and other forms of pressure point therapy may have been used as are back as five thousand years. This is noted both in China and Egypt.
 
In fact, in Corinthians, in the bible, there are references which suggests that the early Christians knew about the practice and benefits. Perhaps the tradition of washing the feet and anointing the feet with oil carried medicinal significance, in addition to the traditional teachings associated with humility and being of service.

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Q. Can reflexology help gastrointestinal obstruction ?
 
A. Wow, can it ever! Reflexology is one of the quickest and most effective ways to help the bowels decide to move that I've ever seen. Much quicker than laxatives, which can create dependency or cramping. Of course, if one has colitis, irritable bowel, Crohn's or other colon problems, reflexology is certainly not intended to replace any needed medical attention.
 
If you are having this problem, talk to your therapist about an appointment.  This really does work!