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.


Tara Kyriss, BCTMB Massage Therapist

Tara is a 2014 graduate of Centerpoint Massage and Shiatsu Therapy School in St. Louis Park, MN where she studied therapeutic massage and bodywork. She is also certified in reflexology. Her treatments include a blend of intuitive, deep tissue massage with overall relaxation and stress reduction. She describes her style as “deep Swedish”. Tara is able to create structural change within the musculature while keeping clients relaxed and grounded. Tara strives to create a unique healing experience in each session through active listening and open communication with her clients to ensure they’re receiving the care they need at any given time.

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