What is reflexology?

t’s an ancient practice that claims better health with use

Christine Schmid practices an ancient healing art called reflexology, a practice that uses specific touch points on the hands and feet to achieve better health.

Mary Owen
Christine Schmid practices an ancient healing art called reflexology, a practice that uses specific touch points on the hands and feet to achieve better health.

Tired and aching feet? How about back pain, respiratory conditions, digestive problems, headaches or migraines, or insomnia?

Salem resident Christine Schmid offers her clients a holistic method for maintaining good health: reflexology.

“Reflexology is an ancient healing art,” Schmid says of the alternative, natural healing therapy that was introduced in the 1930s to the United States from Eastern cultures. “In Europe, companies hire full-time reflexologists for their employees who get treatments during breaks and lunch hours. The employees’ productivity increases and they take fewer sick days. Along with good nutrition and exercise, reflexology treatments are a great addition for achieving better health.”

Schmid says she is fascinated by how reflexology benefits so many health issues.

“Reflexology treatments have been amazingly effective for diabetes, foot pain, chronic lung conditions, asthma, inflammation, fatigue and even foot pain,” she says. “Stress causes many ailments. It’s highly recommended to indulge in an hourly reflexology session frequently to relieve symptoms of stress.”

Other benefits include: deep relaxation, better memory and focus, increased circulation and nerve supply, faster recovery from surgery and illness, relief from chronic pain, better sleep, increased energy and better digestion.

“The reflexologist uses thumbs and fingers and applies pressure to specific reflex areas on the hands or feet,” she says. “This technique clears pathways to our glands, organs and body parts. It releases blockages and toxins, which helps the body heal itself. Glands and organs begin to function better. The body is restored to its natural state.”

Schmid trained at the International Institute for Reflexology, earning her certification in 2012. She treats clients out of her northeast Salem home, charging $25 for a half-hour session and $45 for a full-hour session.

“You have to be in a relaxed position with your feet elevated,” she says. “I can work from 15 minutes to about an hour.”

Tickly feet?

“No problem,” Schmid says.

She just switches to working on the client’s hands if touching their feet can’t be tolerated.

“It’s important to know that the treatments are very relaxing, which is 70 percent of the healing process.”

One client told her, “I feel completely rejuvenated and ready to engage the day. Best hour of every month.” Another said, “So relaxing, and can’t wait to schedule my next one.”

Schmid suggests 30-minute weekly sessions for chronic conditions.

Schmid holds a degree from Lewis and Clark State College, Lewiston, Idaho, and is a member of Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals as well as the International Institute of Reflexology.

For more information, call Schmid at 208-661-6615 or visit healing-reflexology.abmp.com.

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