I guess I should start off this post by saying I am not a doctor. I do not have a medical background nor do I have any medical research by this. But reflexology and acupressure are one of the most amazing things you can do for your body! Let me tell you why.
One of the perks of living in Jakarta is that you can get an hour of reflexology for about $10 U.S. dollars. My husband Aaron and I started having date nights every Wednesday night two years ago where we go and get an hour to hour and a half of reflexology and have dinner. Wikipedia states that Reflexology is an alternative medicine involving the application of pressure to the feet and hands with specific thumb, finger, and hand techniques without the use of oil or lotion. Well, needless to say, the guys in these places may not be reflexology experts, but they still know a lot of the pressure points and what’s connected to them.
I got turned on to reflexology after my first full body massage here in Jakarta. Needless to say, the masseuse is not as modest as the ones in the U.S. and will rub everything down (yeah I hear your giggle). Reflexology was a great alternative to a massage for me as you got to keep your clothes on. But it wasn’t till the first time I was sick that I realized the benefits of reflexology.
I knew there were certain points that affected different parts of the body. But when I went to Energy Bar this particular time, I didn’t tell the guy I was suffering from a major sinus infection. As he was putting pressure on my toes and certain parts of my feet he looked up and asked: “you are sick?” I told him, yes, and he went to work. He used pressure in different parts of my toes, feet, hands, and even worked on draining my sinuses in my face. Needless to say, I was in horrible pain and wanted to cry, but afterward, I couldn’t believe how much better I felt.
So the past few days I have been suffering from the flu and have had major body pains, headaches, and congestion. I have been loading up on lots of fluids, vitamin C, zinc, garlic, ginger, and ibuprofen. It hasn’t been fun. I was tempted to skip date night tonight, but I knew that by going I would feel better, and sure enough, I did. It felt like what the doctor had ordered. The aches and pains were gone, I could breathe a little better and just felt a little more relaxed. Am I 100%? No, but it makes a difference.
I think a lot of times we forget to take care of our bodies and that our body was made to heal itself and everything is connected. So it’s worth giving it a shot and trying something new. Now don’t wait till you are on your death bed to see a doctor, but these extra little Eastern medicines could bring some relief. I’m going to miss these weekly $10 reflexology sessions. Not only have they been good when I’m sick, but great for helping me relax and keep my sanity.