This week I discovered a little wellness haven in Broad Ripple, Indiana. Living Through Wellness is a feel good space where you can find reflexology, pilates, essential oils, reiki services, just to name a few. I had the pleasure of receiving my first reflexology session from Julie Lazaraton. I walked in to her space feeling overwhelmed and overstimulated. I left feeling much more centered and at ease. My reflexology session gave me a moment to truly slow down which allowed me to reconnect with my best self.
What is Reflexology?
Reflexology is a complementary therapy in which nerve ending areas are stimulated. The nerve endings are connected with different areas of the body. Stimulation and activation help promote relaxation, improved circulation, or reduction in tension, etc. to create optimal homeostasis in the body.
This is a traditional practice that stems from both Chinese and Egyptian cultures dating back to over 5,000 years ago. The Chinese and Egyptian traditional medicinal practices had parallel findings and beliefs before the ideas of globalization ever crossed one’s mind. Today reflexology is practiced in many different cultures to promote relaxation and increase one’s overall well being all around the world.
This therapy can be performed on the feet, hands, ears, and face. Foot Reflexology is most commonly practiced. Reflexologist have studied these areas to read each patch of nerve endings. Each patch of nerve ending is connected to a different organ or body system. For example the top of the big toe is connect with the sinuses. The middle of the heel is connected with one’s sciatic nerves. Reflexologist begin a session with stimulating different areas to see how the body reacts. These reactions communicate to the reflexologist the health of different areas of the body. The initial reflex feedback will guide your reflexologist to give you a session your body needs the most.
What are the benefits?
- Some of these benefits include:
- Increased Circulation
- Elimination of Toxins
- Reduction of headaches
- Relaxation Metabolic support
- Improves sleep
- Pain relief
Nerve stimulation allows for a plethora of benefits throughout the body. It is recommended to receive reflexology about once a month. Reflexology is especially beneficial as one gets older. Nerve endings seems to decrease in connectivity and sensitive. This therapy works to keep the neural connections active and strong.
Once I arrived I got snuggled in a cozy chair which had a heated amethyst bio mat. Then I was given a selection of different essential oils to choose from for my session. For this session I was feeling sandalwood. As I began to lay back Julie put on some peaceful vibrational music. Julie cleaned my feet and then we dove deep into relaxing. My session was 30 minutes of hands on footwork. I felt at ease immediately within the session. Julie worked on my feet to give my body exactly what is needed.
After my session I found it almost difficult to return back to reality because of the deep relaxation I felt. A reflexology session is considered equivalent to a full body massage so, Julie advised to drink lots of water throughout the day. In the days following I felt a stronger energetic balance and ease. This therapy created a sense of centeredness and calmness for me. It showed me just how deprived we can be from those things, as it becomes easy to get caught up in the busiest of work and the to do list.
Why should reflexology be apart of my wellness care?
Reflexology stimulates different nerve functions that can increase your energy levels, decrease pain, and leave you with a feeling of overall ease. Is that what we all need more of in our lives? Julie offers 20 minute – 60 minutes sessions. The sessions are priced at a dollar per minute of hands on time. The best part is you have even have this done at your work or home. Julie is available for at home or business corporation visits, in addition to going to see her in her wellness haven. She can be contacted at julie [at] livingthroughwellness [dot] com or 317-430-7923. Click here to visit her website.
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Reflexology is a complementary therapy and should never be used as a replacement for proper medical care.