Let me tell you, it was not what I expected, but oh so amazing when we came out the other side. There were 28 of us in the class, I expected under 10. I didn't expect to feel such an awesome relaxation from such a simple massage. And I was surprised to find out exactly how to perform reflexology, since apparently the little bit that I had been forced to do as part of some protocol massages was performed very wrong-sorry about that, but maybe they should have got me some instruction prior to telling me to do it. That is all in the past and a very different story.
What is reflexology you may ask? Well, it is a whole body approach to wellness that is mainly focused on manipulations of the feet, but can include the hands and ears as well. There are reflex points in your feet (hands and ears also) that correspond to different parts of your body and different organs as well. By manipulating these points, we can bring about a sense of well being and possibly positively affect your whole body. As an example, one of my classmates had been experiencing insomnia for weeks upon starting the class. She was so tired. After our first day of class, when we did our first reflexology session, we adjourned and went to our respective places. The next morning, she reported having gone back to her hotel and sleeping. Not just a cat nap. But all night long. She felt amazing. That day, we did another session of reflexology, and again adjourned. Again, she came back having slept the whole night through. Maybe it wasn't the reflexology that did it, but I'm not going to argue. It was awesome. Lots of people reported having similar uplifting experiences.
So the reflexology style I studied is called Integrative Reflexology. It integrates four different theories to come up with one approach for treating the body. There are other approaches out there, so one session of reflexology with me may not feel the same as with someone else. And some practitioners will find the reflex points slightly different than others. It is ok. It is an intuitive treatment, much the same as massage is intuitive. No sessions will be exactly the same, because we as people are not exactly the same. That's what makes this fun.
I was so amazed at the deepest levels of relaxation I achieved during my reflexology sessions. Especially as I tend to have ticklish feet. The fact that I could just fall into an almost trance while receiving the treatment, practically asleep and not even notice the touch. Just the peace. And good intention. And I felt the same when I was giving a session. It wasn't an intense concentration to ensure I was on the proper points, because I could find them intuitively. It is amazing.
I hope everyone would love to try a session. You will be amazed!