When Sego Lily called to inform me that my next treatment would be Reflexology, I nearly did a back handstand! I was going to say a “footstand”, so it tied in with the post, but since that is my regular position it wouldn’t have been anything remarkable. And this treatment calls for remarkable!
I’d had a taste of Reflexology on my very first treatment, the Sego Lily Sampler, that I received after I won the contest. Ever since that, I’ve been looking forward to the full monty. It may partially be because I am a huge fan of foot rubs, massages, and long hot soaks (or for that matter, anything at all related to pampering my feet.) Or possibly because I am a runner and put a lot of miles on these poor feet of mine and they just can not get enough of any type of tender loving care. But mainly because after a little foot pampering, I feel like a new woman! All I know is that I was anticipating this treatment possibly more than any other.
I am a sucker for a foot rub. I have even resorted to paying my boys to rub my feet since they don’t seem to want to do it voluntarily anymore. There was a time when they did so willingly and happily, but that was before my oldest son’s friend told him he could become a rich entrepreneur if he started to charge me for simply rubbing my feet. Yes, charging his own mother. The woman who suffered through nine months of morning sickness and hours and hours of intense and very painful labor in order to bring him into the world. Yes, his own mother, who risked her very life so he could become an entrepreneur at her expense. And of course, the tradition flowed down to the other four boys. My youngest has now found it a great way to barter with me and make deals while basically getting anything he wants if he is willing to give my poor footsies a rub down.
Whatever it takes.
I love foot rubs that much.
I was even more excited when I heard I got to have the full blown 60 minute treatment that also includes the hands as well. Hand massages were foreign to me until my first treatment with Sego Lily. But now I’ve discovered they are one of the best kept secrets in the massage world. They are almost as wonderful as the feet, not quite, but almost. The longer treatment also includes an application of mineral rich heated (yes heated!) seaweed that stimulates the reflex zones and draws toxins out of the body through the feet.
I must make it clear that Reflexology is not just a massage for the hands and feet. At least not a massage in the typical sense of the word. It is an ancient Asian art that was practiced 5000 years ago and it is done by applying pressure to stimulate reflex points in the feet that correspond to specific energy zones and organs of the body, in order to restore health and harmony.
I was thrilled that my therapist was Jeff once again. His hands can sure work wonders on the feet! He also did a great job in explaining the underlying theory behind Reflexology is there are “reflex” areas on the feet and hands that correspond to specific organs, glands, and other parts of the body. Reflexologists call these “maps” and use them to determine which body systems correspond with one another. For example, the tips of the toes reflect the head; the heart and chest are around the ball of the foot; the liver, pancreas and kidney are in the arch of the foot; and the lower back and intestines are towards the heel.
Reflexology has a number of benefits. At its most basic level, it is an amazingly relaxing experience that doubles as a great stress-reliever. It’s pretty hard to feel any stress while someone is rubbing your feet. Trust me on that. Many claim that if the specific reflex points are targeted correctly, the benefits can be remarkable, including relief from migraines, circulatory and digestive issues, sinus problems and more. I would be more than a willing participant to volunteer for any studies in this field! In general, the theory is that any organ of the body with a correlating reflex point can be improved through regular reflexology treatments.
A more scientific explanation (as if it could get any more scientific!) is that the pressure created may send signals that balance the nervous system or release chemicals such as endorphins that reduce pain and stress.
Whatever is going on, I don’t care. All I know is that it feels wonderful! It puts me in my zone. Takes me to my happy place. Makes me feel like the world has vanished for the time being. The only thing that could even compare to it, would be to be locked up in a chocolate factory overnight. In fact, this w0uld even beat that, because if you were in a chocolate factory you still have to use your feet to go find the chocolate. And if you were using your feet, then they wouldn’t be getting massaged.
This treatment is definitely undefeeted in my book. I highly recommend it. It’s heads and shoulders, (I’d even go as far to say feet and calves) above the rest!
Thanks Sego Lily for rubbing me the right way once again!