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My Spa Journey - Reflexology

October 21, 2013

In ancient times, we stimulate reflexes naturally by walking barefoot over rocks, stones and rough ground. In today's modern world we have lost much of nature's way of maintaining a balanced and healthy equilibrium. Reflexology helps to restore this balance and promote natural health and vitality.

So I am five weeks into my spa journey through our spa brochure here at The Spa at Castlemartyr Resort located just twenty minutes from Cork City. The Spa is certainly a true oasis of calm away from the hustle and bustle of daily life. This week I have decided to try reflexology as it has always intrigued me and I have heard alot of the health benefits of this treatment. I do have quite ticklish feet so I have been apprehensive about trying this treatment but I have been assured that it will not tickle as the therapist will be applying enough pressure for a massage which does not cause ticklish feet.

Once I dusted off my work garments and the stresses of the day by changing into my robe and slippers I took a seat in the relaxation room to unwind my mind before the treatment began. There is something very theraputic at looking out on all the nature that surrounds the spa and the rain falling as one lays in the cosy candle lit room wrapped in a fluffy robe. I was in a trance by the time my therapist, Tanya, called me for my treatment. After a brief introduction to reflexology, I lay on the bed and Tanya began with a foot cleanse before applying powder to the feet. Reflexology is a natural healing art and is the practise of applying precise hand and finger pressure to specific points on the feet to stimulate the body's owm healing system. These points are believed to correspond to specific organs and structures in the body. Through skillful manipulation a reflexologist can help unblock the flow of energy in organs and rebalance entire systems. Tanya was right and at no point were my feet feeling ticklish. However, I did feel tender on certain spots of my feet that corresponded with areas in my body which would have issues I could relate to. It was amazing that Tanya was able to mention areas and I could suggest a possible reason for this tenderness. I can honestly say that it was not only a very relaxing treatment but also a vigorous foot massage that I felt extremely calm and soothed after. I would reccomeend that one would not have too hectic a schedule planned after the treatment as I did feel very relaxed and almost sleepy for the entire evening. I was suprised at one stage in the treatment when Tanya referred to reflexology as a very enjoyable foot massage with enormous benefits as I have previously viewed reflexology as a compliementary health treatment only and not a pampering spa massage but she was exactly right and I will be reccommending it now to guests as a luxurious foot massage with all the great benefits that reflexology has to offer.

The benefits of a foot reflexology session are manifold - calmness and serenity, improved circulation, increased energy and balanced emotions among many others. It is appropriate for all ages as well as for a variety of ailments. Not only soothing to sore feet, it can benefit most aches and pains. If you can't handle pressure in a part of your body beacuse of soreness or inflammation, there is a corresponding part in the foot that can bring relief. Reflexology can be enjoyed by pregnant women after the first trimester and has been known to help induce labour at the end of pregnancy.

Foot reflexology has been practiced for thousands of years in places such as India, China and Egypt. In ancient times, we stimulate reflexes naturally by walking barefoot over rocks, stones and rough ground. In today's modern world, we have lost much of nature's way of maintaining a balanced and healthy equilibrium. Reflexology helps to restore this balance and promote natural health and vitality.

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