The Agony of De Feet
by Nancy Tegan
Most of us don’t take care of them yet they carry the weight of our entire bodies all day, every day. We ignore them and are embarrassed by them, but rely on them to take us places throughout our entire lives. They are our feet, and the “agony of de feet” is a legitimate condition for many of us. We overlook one of the most important parts of our body. In Chinese Medicine, the feet are so important that they say without good feet, we don’t have good health. Wouldn’t you agree?
However, you can find relief for this foot pain through reflexology. Reflexes in the feet and hands—which correspond to all organs, glands and body parts—respond by applying pressure. Specific finger techniques send impulses to the brain, producing a response through the body’s nervous system. Stimulation to the entire foot encourages deep relaxation, body-wide improvement in circulation and a system-wide balance (homeostasis). This is a safe, natural therapy that benefits everyone.
Reflexology restores balance and harmony to the body by clearing congested reflexes. The more specific benefits of reflexology include enhanced circulation, aided elimination, alleviation from acute and chronic conditions, revitalized energy, bodily toxin and impurity cleanses, and stimulated creativity and productivity.
When giving or receiving a reflexology treatment, there are some Chinese pressure points that can be incorporated for maximum results. For instance, “Liver 3” is a point located in the middle of the “webbing” between the first and second toe. This denotes one of the master points in the body and has a relaxing effect on all muscles. Hold this point on both feet for your loved one at the same time, gently applying pressure. If you start with a warm, herbal footbath with lavender essential oil for relaxation, then massage warmed oil into the feet and hold these points, you will be giving someone the gift of a healing relaxation treatment,
If you’d like to learn reflexology, this modality is part of our Massage Therapy Diploma program at the East West College of Natural Medicine. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of massage therapists is projected to increase by 22 percent from 2014 to 2024—much faster than the average employment rates for other occupations. Now is the time to receive the education that could make a positive impact on people’s lives.
Nancy Tegan, B.S., MAEd, NCBTMB, LMT, is the Lead Massage Therapy Instructor at
East West College of Natural Medicine. This school is located at 3808 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. For more information, call 941-355-9080 or visit EWCollege.edu.