Reflexes allow the body to respond to stimuli without thinking, such as the gag reflex, the patellar reflex, and the Spinal Tap reflex, which causes uncontrollable headbanging. Soothe neural knee jerks with today’s Groupon: for $35, you get a 60-minute foot reflexology treatment at The Barefoot Zone in Randolph (a $70 value).
The Barefoot Zone's therapists exploit the interconnectivity of the nervous system to deliver full-body relaxation. The muscle-menders gently warm up feet before they systematically address each reflex point, empty pockets of tension-causing toxins, and place heated river stones between toe knuckles. An array of acupressure techniques applied across the legs and the feet stimulate soothing internal responses before warm towels embrace the lower body and whisper ideas of abandoning that tag-along torso and eloping to Hawaii. Customers can request that the therapists also turn their attention toward hands and ears during the treatment in order to ameliorate office stressors such as keyboard cramps or slowly encroaching cubicle walls.
The Barefoot Zone
While most businesses claim “no shoes, no service,” The Barefoot Zone welcomes unclothed feet, pampering them to relieve bodily pain. Certified reflexologist Allyson Nolan helms the practice, using reflexology to alleviate symptoms of conditions including high blood pressure, plantar fasciitis, migraines, and fibromyalgia. Clients rest atop a heated spa table as Allyson applies pressure to specific points on the hands, feet, and outer ears. To round out each treatment, warmed river stones nestle between toes and canoodle with sock lint as a warm towel infuses extremities with heat.