The Ancient Art Of Reflexology Relieves Pressure

The key to letting go of tension and restoring balance may be in your hands and feet.

Reflexologists say applying pressure to certain areas will help your entire body.

Walter Jesperson had never even heard of reflexology, but being diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease eight years ago changed his life.

Now his wife, Joan, says reflexology brings relief. "He's more relaxed, he's more willing to move around freely, his feet don't feel like lead on the floor," she says.

Before reflexologist Theresa Carr began working on Walter's feet, they were so swollen he could not even fit into his regular shoes. Now his shoes fit and he can move around more easily. "Their body does the healing. It's just a catalyst to help the body rejuvenate itself and bring itself into balance," she explains.

Theresa describes reflexology as a natural holistic therapy. It is based on the idea there are nerves in the hands and feet that correspond with every part of the body.

By applying pressure, the reflexologist can increase circulation and promote muscle function. Theresa says, "The client benefits as well as I do. You get in that zone. It is very beneficial. I enjoy helping the client to achieve their health goals."

Walter is reaching his goal of becoming more mobile.

His mental health also gets a boost. "Everybody likes to be pampered a little bit and this is his session. We call him king tut when he's here," Joan says.

Reflexology is said to have been discovered 5,000 years ago in China.


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