My feet are very ticklish! I’m the one who embarrasses my daughter when we get a pedicure because I usually scream and try to pull away when they start to scrub my feet! So I was a little worried when I decided to book a Reflexology appointment with Ronda Porter at Balance Wellness Studio. I wasn’t really sure what all a reflexology appointment consisted of but I knew it involved my feet. But what the heck, I’m up for an adventure right?!
Ronda is the epitome of southern charm. This georgia girl has an easy open smile on her freckled face, waves upon waves of curly brown hair and that coastal georgia accent that makes you think of sweet tea, peach cobbler and warm summer nights.
Ronda lead me into her treatment room which is warm and comforting, soft light filters in through the cloth window blinds and posters of multi colored body parts – espescially feet and hands cover the walls. She put on soft massage-like music and invites me lie down on the table. The table is elevated at one end and I lay down with my head on the pillows. This is when Ronda tells me that I need to turn around an put my feet where my head is! I did it backwards – LOL….my feet go up on the pillows so that they are lifted above my heart.
Ronda explains that having the feet lifted helps the body drain any fluids that could be accumulating in the lower extremities. It also makes it easier for the blood to flow back to the heart. As I put my feet up and lie down – correctly oriented this time – I feel a sigh escape my body. I am lying in the best ever Savasana and I know it’s going to be GOOD!
As Ronda begins to touch my feet I notice that she uses a firm grip and methodically works the entire foot – around the heel, the ankle, the outside edges, the toes and also the sole of my foot. She is looking for something and paying close attention. She presses strongly on some areas and tugs my toes. She wiggles my foot back and forth between her hands. At certain points on my foot I felt a strong reflex (what I thought of as a sore spot). When she sees me respond to each spot she spends more time on that area by pressing deeply and releasing in rhythm with my breathe. She borrows a line from the last yoga class she took from me, “Breathe in Love, Exhale Fear.”
The entire body is a system of nerves. From the Central Nervous System (Brain and Spinal Column) out to the extremeties. In reflexology the feet and hands are massaged and manipulated to find “reflexes” that correspond to parts of our body. By pressing and massaging these areas of the hands and feet the body is encouraged to send blood flow to that area thereby sending healing and decreasing inflamation in that body part.
Ronda saved the best for last – the “Lymph Tug.” Ronda stands at the end of the table with her hands holding my heels and begins a slow rhythmic tug, tug, tug …….moving my body up and down slightly. It’s like being rocked to sleep! This tugging rhythm stimulates and encourages the lymph system to drain and it feels GREAT!
I really enjoyed my Reflexology session and I will go again! If you live in the Coastal Georgia area come by and see Ronda at Balance Wellness Studio and if you’re a little further away find a practitioner near you and give it a try! But please, be sure to wash your feet first! LOL….Enjoy!