Put Your Best Foot Forward with Reflexology
Everyone who has ever walked through the doors of our Chicago day spa would probably agree that a foot rub is divine. But not every one of our Chicago spa patrons has experienced the pleasures and benefits of reflexology, which, as we like to say, is the ultimate sole-satisfying foot massage!
Reflexology is nothing new. The history of the practice dates back thousands of years. And ancient wisdom is nothing to turn your nose up at. There’s a reason why reflexology is still in use today.
“Several studies indicate that reflexology may reduce pain and psychological symptoms, such as stress and anxiety, and enhance relaxation and sleep,” the health experts at the Mayo Clinic say. “Given that reflexology is also low risk, it can be a reasonable option if you’re seeking relaxation and stress relief.”
What Is Reflexology?
As Brent A. Bauer, M.D. of the Mayo Clinic explains, “Reflexology is the application of pressure to areas on the feet (or the hands).”
But not just any area of your feet. The practice of reflexology links specific points on the feet to other parts of the body, so that by massaging those points on your feet, you can experience benefits from head to toe. Reflexology can also link points on the palms of your hands and even on your ears to specific areas of your body.
“The theory behind reflexology is that areas of the foot correspond to organs and systems of the body. Pressure applied to the foot is believed to bring relaxation and healing to the corresponding area of the body,” Dr. Bauer says.
The experts at WebMD have something to add to our understanding of the practice: “The way reflexology connects spots on the outside of your body to the inside is a bit like acupuncture and acupressure. But those therapies use points all over your body.”
You can discover the benefits of reflexology for yourself at Spa Space, voted the #1 day spa in Chicago. Whether you book a 35-minute session or treat yourself to 60 minutes of healing bliss, the trained reflexologists at our spa in downtown Chicago will work to alleviate your stress and promote your body’s ability to heal itself.