Reflexology and Your Health

Kathleen Ismael

Kathleen Ismael

Touch is a basic human need. Studies have shown that infants who receive minimal care and seldom experience touch in early months will experience emotional and behavioral impact.*

This need for connection, touch, and attention follows us through our lives. Interaction keeps us thinking with a positive attitude and contributes to good health. We all know that people need human contact. It is good for our health. Doctors agree that socializing and physical activity will stave off dementia and feeling isolated.

Most people agree that community interaction with handshakes and hugs feeds the soul. One way to interact for a healthier 2024 is the art and science of reflexology.

What is reflexology?

During our yearly checkup, we feel the “reflexes” as our knees react when the right “spot” is tapped with that cute little rubber hammer. That always makes me grin!

In the same way, each organ and system has a point of reflex. Most nerve endings are in the hands and especially in the feet! A knowledgeable practitioner will gently tap, brush, roll, or massage these reflex points to influence a specific organ, system, or emotions. This awakening can stimulate physical and emotional healing and balance as if the organ itself is being massaged.

How can reflexology help?

A reflexology session at IronOaks is typically 60 minutes. We start with a relaxing aromatic and warm foot soak, followed by hot towels for the hands. We will spend 20 minutes on each foot with stimulating reflex points, interspersed with massage, and then finish up with five minutes on each hand. We call this dessert! Relaxation is key to the body receiving the work, so a comfy massage table is essential.

People who are recovering from a trauma, injury, or illness can benefit from reflexology. If you feel stressed about a physical or emotional experience, you can benefit. To relax and focus for the upcoming golf or pickleball match, give it a go! If you have any pain or inflammation, you can benefit.

For more information, contact Kathleen Ismael, certified reflexology practitioner, at 602-695-4808.