Years ago, when I was unwell from working too much, I saw an ad in the local paper for a reflexology course offered by an instructor from the Reflexology Association of Canada. I didn’t know what reflexology was or had ever received a treatment, but I was compelled to register for this course. I didn’t know it then, but synchronicity was in action and this first step opened a door to a new way of seeing the world and my place in it.
Each week, we learned about a different system in the body and the corresponding reflexes in the feet. The simplicity of this very effective treatment still amazes me today.
I remember when we were being taught the spinal reflex. The instructor had a diagram of the human skeleton and beside it a diagram of the spinal reflex. Looking from one diagram to the other – back and forth, left and right. I blurted out, “Oh, my God!” They’re the same!” The shape of the curve of the foot along the big toe mimics the shape of the spine.
The curve of the big toe corresponds to the occiput and cervical vertebrae. The sesamoid bone corresponds to the thoracic vertebrae. The slim curved part above the heel corresponds to the lumbar spine. Amazing. How is it that our foot is a microcosm of our body? That is some pretty incredible engineering!
I brought this awareness of the feet as a miniature body into my practice and used reflexology effectively to restore balance in my clients. Reflexology also provides a great boost to circulation so it is particularly beneficial for people suffering from circulatory disorders.
In Denmark, where reflexology is covered under public health care, research has been conducted studying the benefits of reflexology. However, the first thing that most people will tell you about reflexology is how relaxing it is. In fact, most clients either fall asleep in the chair or need a nap after a session and couldn’t we all use some relaxation.
As we approach the arrival of spring, rejuvenate yourself with a relaxing, therapeutic treatment of reflexology. When searching for a practitioner in your area, ask about their training. A weekend workshop is not sufficient education for a reflexologist. Ideally they should be certified in their country and have completed a practicum before starting their practice.
May your “dogs” not be barking!