Having sore muscles, like signing a five-year lease or wearing lead socks, makes it difficult to move. Evict tensely wound tenants with today's Groupon: for $27, you get a 45-minute reflexology session from Lorraine Watson in Rockford or Freeport (up to a $60 value).
Certified reflexologist Lorraine Watson works to relieve stress and alleviate chronic conditions by strategically stimulating specific areas of the feet during reflexology-massage sessions. Clients lay back in a zero-gravity chair as Lorraine kicks off the session with a handful of relaxing massage techniques and holistic variations of "This Little Piggy." Then she soothes soles with thumbwalking, a technique in which she traipses her fingers from the toes to the heels to help to diminish a slew of bodily ailments, which may even include diabetes and arthritis, according to many practitioners. Lorraine aims to reduce back pain by pressing on heels, restore sinuses by rubbing the middle quadrant of the toes, and order pizza by accessing the secret hidden dial pad. Throughout the treatment, she may discuss eating and exercise habits and explore ways to improve overall health.
Lorraine, a certified reflexologist since 2007, approaches healthcare from the ground up, focusing on the soles of the feet to treat a range of chronic health conditions. Under the premise that nerve endings on the foot correspond to every organ and gland in the body, Lorraine applies strategic pressures to heels, toes, and arches to relieve conditions, such as stress, arthritis, and plantar fasciitis. At the start of treatment, clients sink into a zero-gravity chair while Lorraine massages the feet. Then, using her thumbs in a rapid inchworm motion, she “thumb walks” up and down the foot, clearing away toxins and painful memories of stepping on pies.