Greetings LIFEers! Those of you who missed this week's class might be jealous, because everyone who attended got a foot massage! Okay, I'm exaggerating, but one lucky LIFEer got a foot massage. This week were joined by Susie Kruse, who taught us about the ancient art of reflexology.
Reflexology is an ancient practice that massages specific areas of the feet and hands to relieve ailments throughout the body. Beginning in China roughly 5,000 years ago, reflexology has been practiced by many cultures ever since. Acupuncture is an off-shoot of reflexology as acupressure gave way to acupuncture, replacing fingers with needles.
Although a popular practice around the globe, reflexology is not considered a science or reliable method of treating illnesses by the medical community, due mainly to lack evidence of its perceived benefits. If you are suffering from a serious illness, it is always best to see a licensed medical doctor. But if you are trying to stimulate your thyroid gland or relieve back pain, you may wish to give reflexology a try. See Susie's power point slides below as a guide for where to begin.