Seabourn Club Herald - - WELL-BEING - By Heather Mikesell

For many of us, stress has be­come Pub­lic En­emy No. 1 – the root cause of var­i­ous phys­i­cal ail­ments and the trig­ger of nu­mer­ous psy­cho­log­i­cal woes. And even when it’s not the pri­mary cause, stress can make an ex­ist­ing con­di­tion worse. Find­ing a healthy bal­ance can be vi­tally im­por­tant, and ex­tremely dif­fi­cult in today’s world. That’s why many peo­ple are turn­ing to re­flex­ol­ogy, an an­cient tech­nique that uses pres­sure-point mas­sage to re­store the flow of en­ergy through­out the body.

“It is a science and art based on the prin­ci­ple that we have re­flex ar­eas in our feet, hands and ears that cor­re­spond to each or­gan, gland and part of the body,” says Laura Nor­man, M.S., cer­ti­fied re­flex­ol­o­gist, li­censed mas­sage ther­a­pist and au­thor of Feet First: A Guide to Re­flex­ol­ogy.

There are nearly 15,000 nerves in the feet. Thus, Nor­man mas­sag­ing the feet is calm­ing and sooth­ing to the ner­vous sys­tem.

“Re­lax­ation is the key to bet­ter health and well-be­ing,” she adds. “When we’re re­laxed, ev­ery­thing in the body can func­tion at a higher level, and ev­ery­thing, in­clud­ing cir­cu­la­tion, en­ergy and the lym­phatic sys­tem, flows more eas­ily. Just as stress breaks down the im­mune sys­tem, re­lax­ation is go­ing to help strengthen it. That is the key and main ben­e­fit of re­flex­ol­ogy — the deep re­lax­ation.” says,

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