What is Reflexology?

Reflexology is the application of appropriate pressure to specific points and areas on the feet, hands, or ears. Reflexologists believe that these reflex points correspond to different body organs and systems, and that pressing them has a beneficial effect on the person’s health.

Many of us find ourselves on our feet all day at work. Whether you work in an office, a factory, a field, a hospital, or anything in between, there is a good chance that you put a lot of weight and stress on your feet every day. The thing is, that stress can also manifest itself in the other parts of our body. It is a similar situation to back pain. For back pain, people often get massages, so it makes sense that there should also be foot massages, right? Reflexology is much more than a foot massage, but at its foundation, that’s the easiest way to describe the process. This specific area of massage therapy also includes the hands and ears, making it more of an extremity massage than a foot massage.

During a Reflexology session a variety of specialized techniques which feel similar to a combination of massage and acupressure are applied to reflexes to promote balance and mind – body integration. It is a relaxing way to promote your body’s natural healing, while improving circulation and encouraging immune system balance. It has been practiced throughout the world in many ancient cultures including ancient China, India, and Native America.

Some of the benefits of reflexology include its ability to stimulate nerve function, increases energy, boosts circulation, induces a deep state of relaxation, eliminates toxins, stimulates the central nervous system, prevents migraines, cleans up urinary tract conditions, speeds recovery after injury or surgery, helps relieve sleep disorders, reduces depression, and relieves pain. Furthermore, it can help ease the treatment of various cancer and even helps to soothe the pains of pregnancy, even those occurring after the baby is born.

Meet our Reflexologists

 

Erin Hanlon, CMT Massage Therapist (Minnetonka)


Erin has been studying and practicing therapeutic massage and bodywork since 2000. After experiencing therapeutic massage, she was inspired to learn more about the mind, body and soul’s healing abilities through the power of therapeutic touch. Erin has worked in a variety of settings including chiropractic clinics, wellness centers and spas. Erin combines her knowledge of multiple modalities to customize a massage specific to your individual needs. Whether it is relaxation, pregnancy and post-partum or focused deep tissue rehab work, Erin will take very good care of you.

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Leslie Kenney, OBT, AOBTA Massage Therapist (Linden Hills)


Leslie has been practicing bodywork for over 20 years. Her first degree in Oriental Bodywork (OBT, AOBTA) came in 1998 from the Minnesota Center for Shiatsu Study. She is certified in oriental body work, massage therapy and reflexology. Her sessions integrate her extensive training in Craniosacral Therapy, Healing Touch, hot stone massage, infant and pre/post-natal massage. She is also trained in hara diagnosis as well as tongue and pulse diagnostics. She has been practicing integrated body work since the early 1990’s and brings a variety of modalities together for a complete therapeutic and healing experience.

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