One good way to keep the heart circulating is through the feet. Why not have your feet massaged? After all, they include reflex areas to the heart and other glands and organs. This is the science of reflexology.  It is a unique method of using the thumb and fingers on reflex areas to; relieve stress and tension, improve blood supply, promote the unblocking of nerve impulses and help the body improve homeostasis.

A way to understand it better is the palm of the hand and the sole of the foot are like a map of the body. The left hand and foot represent the left side of the body as the right hand and the right foot represent the right side. The body is divided into 10 longitudinal zones, 5 on each side of the body. This is also called zone therapy. Massaging or pressing each area can stimulate energy flow, blood nutrients, and nerve impulses to the corresponding body zone and thereby relieve ailments in that zone.

If you are someone who tries to drink a lot of water and does deep breathing exercises either in yoga, meditation, or other modalities you are already ahead of the game. Water is the conductor of the electrical stimulus that is created through reflexology. Absence of liquid in the cells of the nerve structures hinder the movement of the nerve signals, hence NO RESPONSE. Deep breathing exercises enhance the cardiovascular and respiratory systems. Through breathing the blood stream carries oxygen to our cells.

It is fascinating to think reflexology was practiced as early as 2330b.c. by the Egyptian culture, 2704b.c. by the Chinese, and later on in Japan. In the west the concept began to emerge in the 19th century with European and Russian research into the nervous system and reflex. Therapies were created as medical practices but soon gave way to the prevalent use of surgery and drugs. Finally, the ideas of reflexology for health improvement were brought to America in 1909 by Dr. William F. Fitzgerald. Physiotherapist Eunice Ingham developed the method publishing a book in 1938.

Looking for research studies? Hundreds of reflex studies have been conducted. One survey of 170 people showed a positive result for 83%. A Chinese survey of 8,096 case studies noted a 94% effective or significant effective rate.

Significant areas of study include; stress and anxiety, lessening of pain and cancer care, as well as health concerns for individuals of all ages.

How can reflexology increase fertility? Correcting imbalances that may hinder fertility by:
a. Reducing stress. High levels of stress can trigger neuro-chemical changes which can hinder the release and maturation of the eggs.
b. Help in balancing the endocrine system by stimulating the ovary reflex point.

Please do keep in mind reflexology is a compliment to medical and other aids. With 52 bones in our feet making up 25% of all the bones in our body let’s make sure our soles are walking in the right direction for balance and good health.

Kathy Ramsey
CNY Healing Arts & Fusion Medspa
38A Old Sparrowbush Road, Latham, NY 12110