When I moved to Jakarta, Indonesia I spent a lot of time exploring my new hood Tibet Timur. Much to my delight, I quickly discovered the spas were as plentiful as Tim Horton’s and, just as affordable. Once I got over my initial shyness, I embarked upon the spa circuit indulging in weekly facial treatments and massages. It was fantastic! (Unfortunately, I have not been as relaxed or fresh faced since Indonesia).
Because I was so busy with the spas, it was 6 months before I walked into the foot reflexology centre (a mere 3-minute walk from our house). And, boy oh boy, did I wish I had ventured in there sooner. I had never had a reflexology treatment before and did not speak Bahasa Indonesian, so I was not able to get a full explanation of what I had gotten myself into.
But what I did get very quickly were the benefits of a treatment. I was relaxed (OMG! Lovely) and with regular treatments I slept better, and my digestive issues cleared up. I have been a reflexology convert ever since and am fascinated by these ancient holistic approaches.
Here’s what I didn’t know so long ago:
What is reflexology?
A type of massage used to relieve tension and facilitate healing. Or, a more technical explanation according to the Reflexology Association of Canada…Reflexology is the study of reflexes.
Reflexology therapies are natural therapeutic methods derived from this study based on the principle that there are reflexes in the body that map to other parts, glands, and organs of the body.
Through the application of pressure on these reflexes, the
Benefits of Reflexology Therapy:
Reflexology Can Help Manage:
I have since learned reflexology is not just about feet. There are: hand, ear, facial, maternity and cranial-sacral treatments.
I believe best of all... reflexology is non-evasive and all you have to do is take off your socks, shut your eyes and enjoy. Thank you Indonesia for the fantastic find!
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