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December 15, 2004

Reflexology: For More Than Just Feet

Reflexology is an ancient form of foot massage that dates from Egyptian times. It functions under the theory that the foot (and hand and ear) is a microcosm for the human body.

Some people seek reflexology treatments as a way to relax the mind and body. Others have treatments in the hope of relieving a variety of acute and chronic conditions.

Though reflexology is not intended as a replacement for medical attention, and it is not a diagnostic tool or a cure for any ailment, reflexologists say the treatments may be beneficial for the following conditions: Back pain; migraines; Infertility; arthritis; sleep disorders; hormonal imbalances; sports injuries; digestive disorders; and stress-related conditions.

"I have seen immediate results; a man I know who had pain around his heart got relief after one treatment. He was so impressed that he became a reflexologist."

Lehman added the treatment would not be appropriate for a number of illnesses, such as diabetes and liver cancer.

Posted by linda at December 15, 2004 9:46 PM

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