- $49 for a 60-minute reflexology treatment with chocolate peppermint foot scrub ($130 value)
During reflexology treatments, a practitioner of reflexology uses specialized thumb and finger movements to apply gentle pressure to the feet. This practice promotes relaxation and stress relief to help improve the body as a whole. The treatment is designed to improve circulation and immune system function, increase energy, relieve aches and pain, aid in toxin removal, and encourage healthy organ function.
Reflexology: Tracking Energy from Head to Toe
Though reflexology shares much in common with acupuncture, it has its own unique properties and origins. Read on to learn more about the practice.
In the early 20th century, you might have been able to identify patients coming from a reflexology appointment by the clothespins on their fingertips. Today’s reflexologists generally carry out their treatments by hand in a wellness clinic or a massage studio, but the principle remains the same: apply pressure to specific points on the hands, feet, or ears, prompting responses in organs throughout the body.
Similar to acupuncture and acupressure, the practice posits that energy pathways run throughout the body. Reflexology’s system, however, is a bit simpler than Chinese medicine’s complex map of meridians. Envision vertical lines running from each toe up through the leg, joining lines running from each finger up the arm toward the neck and coming together in the head, and you have the body divided into 10 attractively slimming reflexology zones. Within each zone on the palm or—most common in reflexology sessions today—the sole, certain pressure points are thought to correspond to organs, joints, or other tissues elsewhere in the same zone.
Dr. William Fitzgerald—originator of the clothespin technique—began practicing what he called “zone therapy” in 1915. While research has yet to find a concrete link between modern medical thought and the millennia-old idea of imperceptible bodily energy, that doesn’t mean reflexology can’t be relaxing. Patients can expect the benefits of a treatment to include at least those of a good massaging of the feet: increased circulation, relieved muscle tension, and decreased stress and susceptibility to tickle attacks. Even early proponents of the technique accepted that results might vary from person to person. Writing in 1928, physician Bernard Lust was content with claiming that “the adoption of the method is attended with absolutely no danger or disagreeable results, and may be the means of lengthening short lives and making good health catching.”
The Twisted Bohemian
The Twisted Bohemian, as you might expect, is all about alternative therapies. Sure, you'll find traditional spa treatments like facials and body scrubs that include earth- and client-friendly products. But there are plenty of other ways to pamper bodies, like reflexology treatments that focus on pressure points on the feet to bring relief to corresponding body areas and promote energy balance. There's also aromatherapy, which uses scent to enhance relaxation and stress relief, and body wraps aim to detoxify and refresh by inducing perspiration.